Parker Gets TCU Offer; Commits

Keller (TX) Fossil Ridge receiver Ryan Parker received a TCU offer on Thursday. He didn't hesitate to make a commitment.

Keller (TX) Fossil Ridge receiver Ryan Parker took a chance on returning to the gridiron for his senior season. Parker hadn't played football for the Panthers since his freshmen season.

During that time, Parker excelled on the basketball court, where he started on the varsity as a freshman. For three consecutive seasons, Parker has been named All-District on the hardwood.

Thanks to some convincing from the Fossil Ridge football coaches, more particularly Stanley Moss, Parker decided to give football another shot. Things couldn't have gone much better.

In helping the Panthers to a 9-4 record and three rounds deep into the Class 5A playoffs, Parker was nearly unstoppable on offense. Despite drawing double-teams most of the season, Parker hauled in 73 catches for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year. He also rushed for 200 yards with 1 touchdown and had three scores on special teams.

For his efforts, Parker was named District 4-5A Most Valuable Player.

"It was great, I was kind of surprised," Parker said of winning the award. "At the end of the year I thought I could get it."

As good as his season went; Parker was still waiting on his first offer. He had drawn interest from several programs, including TCU. On Thursday the Frogs decided it was time to offer when tight ends coach Dan Sharp visited Fossil Ridge.

"TCU offered me today, Coach Sharp came up to Fossil Ridge and I talked to him," he said. "I hadn't talked to them in a minute and then Coach Sharp called me out of nowhere and said they were thinking about offering me and today they offered me. I told him I wanted to go there."

When last spoke with Parker, the rising receiver said if the Frogs offered, he would waste little time in making a commitment. He held true to his word and promptly told Sharp of his decision. A conversation with head coach Gary Patterson is expected later tonight.

"I told him I'm committing," Parker said. "He told me Coach Patterson was going to call me and he gave me his number. I'm waiting on his phone call."

Parker said TCU's proximity to Keller was the biggest reason for his decision.

"I'm trying to stay as close to home as possible," he said.

Parker joins Fossil Ridge teammate Nick Foster who has been committed to the Frogs since last February.

"He's happy, he wanted me to come there with him so he was happy," he said of Foster.

Up next is his official visit to TCU, which Parker says could take place as early as next week or late January.

"I'm supposed to have my official visit next week and if not next week it might be the end of January," he said. "He said he may not want me coming next week because everyone might not be there. He wants me to visit when everyone is going to be on campus so I can get the real feeling of it."

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