2017 Stanford tight end commit Colby Parkinson keeps racking up the awards and accolades. The top tight end in the west is a U.S. Army All-American, recently “got open” and will be heading to The Opening Finals in July.
Parkinson impressed at the Oakland regional of The Opening and received the invite to the finals in Oregon in July. He said a few disappointing performances at previous camps made the four-star tight end come out firing.
“My confidence has gone through the roof,” Parkinson said. “I just tried to be as aggressive as possible and managed my time to the best of my abilities.”
Parkinson wasn’t the only Stanford tight end commit in Oakland a few weeks ago. Tucker Fisk was also in attendance, and the two have been building a relationship for the coming years at The Farm.
“I love Tucker,” Parkinson said. “It’s going to be a fun four or five years with Tucker, I’m looking forward to it.”
They are both Stanford-bound, but the two could not be more different stylistically. Parkinson is a long, sure-handed pass-catcher who thrives in the open field. Fisk describes himself as an “in-line blocker who can catch”. They are hopeful the two styles will create versatility for the Stanford offense.
“We’ve both talked about when we get up there to Stanford, they are probably going to work with me with teaching me more blocking because I lack in that,” Parkinson said. “We complement each other really well, and I’m sure once we get to Stanford, we will even out.”
Another storyline that emerged from the Oakland regional was when Parkinson told Greg Biggins (see above) that now that he is committed, he won’t even tweet out offers from other schools out of respect for the Cardinal. He wants other commits and targets to know one message.
“(Stanford) is the best. That’s the message I’m trying to push to everyone else. There is no way you can beat Stanford,” Parkinson said. “Even though I was just offered by Alabama, some of those big SEC schools, Oregon is calling me, there is no school that can top Stanford academically and athletically.”
“I just want to show I’m 100% committed and these other guys are 100% committed as well.”
And Parkinson isn’t just being aggressive on the field, but in the weight room as well. It’s been his goal for the last few months to get more flexible to help him in the blocking game at the next level.
“I’ve gained 15 pounds over the past couple months and kept my speed up. I’m not only working on my strength, I’m working on my flexibility and everything in the weight room is helping me become a better football player,” Parkinson said.
“I’ve taken a huge step up from last year, not only in gaining weight, but I feel faster even though I’m gaining weight, my body feels better and it doesn’t take me as long to recover.”
Parkinson will be attending The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon on July 5-10.