William Parks already committed to Pittsburgh during the summer. He was at the 15-12 loss to Notre Dame a couple weeks ago. Though any loss is susceptible to changing a recruit's perspective of a school—in this case, one of Pitt's first commits—that was not the case with Parks. Instead, he actually took the time to get to know some of the other commits in person; some he's known since the summer.
"It was fantastic, a fantastic weekend," Parks said of the visit. I met Chad Voytik for the first time. The atmosphere for the game was nice. I liked it a lot."
If he had any doubts about Pitt's 2011 season after the Notre Dame loss, they were clearly wiped away following the performance against South Florida last Thursday.
"That was a big one, that was the one they needed," Parks said. "Ray Graham had an outstanding game. It was a big game to rebound with. I watched the whole game. They have two losses, but two losses won't determine the season."
Looking back to his visit, though, he also reflected on his relationship with the Pitt coaches—something else that was an initial draw when he came to Pitt.
"Our relationship is good," Parks said. "I talk to Coach Graham, Coach Norvell, Coach Gibson. We have a great relationship, actually. I love those guys. They're very personal. They're big on faith, and they read the Bible. That's what my mom believes in too."
Parks was recently invited to the Chesapeake Bowl which will be held in Maryland in December. He has officially accepted that invite. He is hoping for an invite to the Big 33 game in Hershey this June. With that accolade on the horizon, he says it is nice to be committed to Pitt, and be able to just enjoy his senior season.
"It's relaxing, a sigh of relief," Parks said. "I could have waited to get offers from a lot of people, but when you have a good feeling about a school, you go with it. Pittsburgh is like a second home to me. I liked it from the time I made my decision. The visit (for the Notre Dame game) solidified it."