Stanford and tight ends just flow together. It's well-documented Stanford likes to use their tight ends, well, a lot.
It’s also well documented what 2017 Stanford tight end commit Colby Parkinson brings to the table. He is one of the best pass-catchers in the country, and the Army All-American has the build to bulk up for the next level. Don't believe me? Just ask his coach, who saw Parkinson thrive in multiple roles at Oaks Christian.
“Colby has all the tools to be an exceptional player at the college level and beyond,” Oaks Christian head football coach Jim Benkert said. “His body size (6’7”), athletic ability and speed allow him to be a versatile weapon in multiple positions on offense.”
Parkinson is already a fan-favorite among the Cardinal. How? By being 100% Stanford since he committed. The Army All-American wouldn’t even tweet additional offers after his commitment.
“Colby knows the value of a great education and Stanford had everything he was looking for at the college level. Great academics, great football tradition and an ideal location where his friends and family are able to watch him compete throughout his career..”
In his career at Oaks Christian, Parkinson caught 79 passes for 1,231 yards and seven touchdowns. He also made plays defensively, racking up 32 tackles with five tackles for loss and four sacks. He also won. In his junior and senior year, the Lions went 19-4.
Brandon Huffman has said Parkinson is a mix of the best attributes of former Stanford tight ends from Koby Fleener to Zach Ertz. Coach Benkert seems to agree.
“Colby set himself apart by showing he is equally adapted to the physical part of the game and can also make plays in space by using his size and speed. His ability to make dazzling catches while staying on his feet is very impressive”
Parkinson’s high school coach doesn’t stop there either, summing up Parkinson as “one of the best our society has to offer.”