3-Star defensive tackle Elijah Parks reopens recruitment

Fresno (Calif.) defensive tackle Elijah Parks decommits from San Jose State.

Three-star defensive tackle Elijah Parks has reopened his recruitment since being committed to San Jose State since July. The decision was mutual between Parks and SJSU, he said.

Parks first gained recruiting attention at The Opening regional in San Leandro last summer. He got into the camp as the last defensive lineman accepted, but outshined all the five-star and four-star prospects at the event, earning the Defensive Line MVP Award at the conclusion of the regional.

Shortly after, Parks earned his first scholarship from San Jose State and committed to the Spartans two months later. New Mexico has shown him interest since, though he still looking for a new landing spot on signing day.

“I’m very interested in the Mountain West Conference, but I’m open to everybody,” Parks said. “I’m willing to go anywhere at the moment. I’m continuing my training to see what will come through. I just want to play football and major in Kinesiology.”

The Fresno (Calif.) Central prospect stands at 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds. He suffered an injury in his senior season, which limited his ability to showcase what scouts saw at The Opening over the summer.

Parks was called a “steal” for San Jose State by Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman. Parks currently ranks as Scout’s No. 7 DT prospect in California, No. 13 in the West region and No. 71 nationally.


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