Parks Headed to Two Junior Days

Atascocita receiver Quentin Parks is one of the top in state prospects in the 2010 class. At 6-3, 210 pounds with a combination of speed for his size and an aggressive nature on the football field, the junior has been receiving heavy recruiting interest since his sophomore season. In the coming weeks, Parks will be taking in a pair of junior days in the region.

In 2007, Atascocita High featured a big and talented young receiver in Quentin Parks. The then 6-2, 190-pounder was named 21-5A first team all-district after bursting onto the scene and catching 30 passes for 375 yards and three scores.

Headed into the 2008 season, big things were expected of the strong-bodied receiver, but the starting quarterback left to go straight baseball leaving the passing game a struggle for Eagles. Parks was limited to just 12 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown in 2008.

"We ran the ball mostly this year," Parks said. "Our starting quarterback quit to go straight baseball and we moved a second string receiver to quarterback. I had 12 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown this year."

Even though the junior didn't have the type of production he desired in 2008, it hasn't stopped college programs from around the region and beyond from recruiting the versatile prospect.

"I'm hearing from Texas, A&M, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and some more. I went to Alabama over the Thanksgiving break for the Auburn game. I got to walk around the campus, see the place and talk to the coaches. It went well. I stay in touch with Texas coach Major Applewhite too," Parks said.

In the coming weeks Parks will again be making unofficial visits to programs. Two regional programs have extended junior day invites and Parks plans to attend.

"Yes, I have received junior day invites. I'm going to LSU (January 31) and to Texas in February, the 28th I believe," Parks said.

While Parks plays receiver for the most part, at 6-3, and 210 pounds with speed, agility and aggressiveness, some programs are beginning to look at him on the defensive side of the ball. Playing on the defensive side of the ball is something Parks is open to.

"I'm mostly being recruited at receiver. LSU is recruiting me as a safety. I don't have a problem with playing on defense. I think I could help a team the most at receiver though," Parks said, who in one start at safety in 2008 against Aldine Nimitz recorded six tackles.

Currently, the Humble ISD prospect is working hard in football offseason as well as preparing for track season.

"I'm in offseason working out right now and then some track stuff too. We start official track practice on February 20."

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