Texas Tech got an early start to its 2019 class on Thursday as 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker Steven Parker pulled the trigger.
Parker, who was recruited for the rush end position, committed after being offered by Texas Tech earlier in the week. Coach Emmett Jones' connections with South Oak Cliff, where he amassed a 30-8 record and regional championship as head coach between 2012-14, before signing on with Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders helped the cause, but wasn't the only connection for Parker and Tech.
"My coach told me about the offer first. Coach Jones, the receivers coach, he had come one time to come see me and after that it was a surprise. I was happy about the offer because I grew up in Lubbock and I've been wanting to go back for a long time, and I finally got the chance."
The offer came as a complete surprise to Parker and his family.
"My mom moved us here to Dallas from Lubbock. When she found out about the offer, she was happy. She just told me to keep doing better."
So what prompted the defensive lineman to pull the trigger and commit early?
"I just have wanted to go to Texas Tech since middle school, and I finally got the chance, so I took it."
Growing up in Lubbock, Parker is obviously familiar with the school and what Texas Tech has to offer. He isn't sure when he'll take a visit yet, but a trip to see his future school is definitely in the works.
As an early commitment in a hotbed of recruiting talent, the sophomore defender will likely be pursued by multiple Division One schools - though he is not hearing from any others at this time. When asked about his level of commitment to Texas Tech and whether he'd be open to hearing from other schools, Parker had a simple answer.
"No, I'm committed."