"My coach told me that they called," Parkinson said. "It was coach Bullough. They liked my size and athletic ability. I play receiver in high school but they're talking about a split tight end/receiver position.
"I like (that position) a lot. It's cool because a lot of schools talk to me about wide receiver and this is a different opportunity."
The Mamaroneck High standout likes the prospects of playing at the highest level of collegiate athletics as well as staying close to home.
"I was very excited," Parkinson said. "I had to take a minute to take it all in. But it was awesome to have them offer, especially because it's in-state. So that was pretty cool.
"I'm fairly familiar with them. Not a lot but I know about them. I've seen them on television a lot."
Parkinson may still be learning about the Orange, but his interest is definitely there.
"I'm a lot more interested than I was before they offered," Parkinson said. "I don't really know where things stand right now, but I'm definitely a lot more interested now."
Parkinson's only other offer is from Cornell and he is hearing from several Ivy League schools. With Syracuse being his biggest offer, a visit could solidify where they stand with the versatile athlete.
"I don't have anything scheduled," Parkinson said. "But I'm definitely going to take a look over the next few weeks and try to get up there. It's probably too early to commit, but I want to check things out.
"I want to see the feeling I get at the University, talk to the coaches and see the facilities."