William Parks got a big piece of news Monday, when he got the official invite to the Chesapeake Bowl to be held in Maryland on December 30. Parks says the news wasn't expected, and came as an honor and a pleasant surprise at the end of his team's regular season.
"It's just one of my first big games I'll be playing in," Parks said. "I haven't played against talent like this before. We're supposed to be talking this weekend—an eight-way conference call—about the bowl game."
Parks doesn't have to look too far to understand the prestige of the game, and the kind of talent that will be a part of this game. Daquan Cooper out of George Washington High School in Philadelphia—now of Temple—also played in the game, Parks recalls.
"That's a big thing to play in," Parks added. "I didn't talk with him, but I remember over Facebook, he was talking about just being in the atmosphere. You get a chance to show what you can do against talented people. People also want to see you do well in front of coaches. It's almost like a first college game."
Speaking of bowl games, Parks said his other focus is on pulling for Pitt to get at least one more win, and hopefully be bowl eligible. He was impressed with Pitt's most recent win over Louisville. He is expected to come in for his official visit in December.
"That was a good win," Parks said of Pitt. "We need to win these next two games, maybe even get a bowl appearance."