Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's linebacker prospect, Parker Hanks, 6-0, 210, is a testament to that.
Hanks attended the Nike Camp at Stanford, and performed solidly there. "I ran a 4.59, jumped 32 inches and benched 17 times, but I scratched my shuttle time," Hanks said. "I think I did well in the 1-on-1 drills, but there were so many people there, I didn't get a whole lot of reps." On film, he's aggressive and always near the ball.
Greg Biggins of TheInsiders.com, said that Hanks caught his eye last season on the field. "He has incredible quickness to the ball and hits like a truck. He has that rare ability to always be around the ball and to sniff out plays before they happen."
Perhaps his size has had some programs adopt a wait-and-see approach with Hanks, but plenty are waiting and seeing. "I'm hearing from the whole Pac-10, Colorado, Miami, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas," Hanks said.
With most of the Pac-10 keeping an eye on him, and a handful of Big 12 schools, Hanks has a top three from the list. "My top three right now are UCLA, Stanford and Nebraska."
A couple of former teammates from DLS are doing their job in recruiting Hanks to UCLA. "I talk to Maurice Drew a lot about it. He is giving me some information on the school and he is trying to get me to go down there. And I talk to Brian Callahan a lot too. They definitely are talking to me about it."
UCLA assistant coach Brian Schneider is the UCLA coach recruiting him. Hanks said, "I talk to Coach Schneider and I really like him. He seems real cool."
Hanks is also drawing some interest for baseball, where he is a catcher. But he fully intends to play football in college, regardless of his baseball status.
For now, Hanks is focusing on keeping De La Salle's streak intact. "We know we have people breathing down our necks, and that drives us. There is not really any pressure, we just want to keep winning. This staff though, it's an honor playing for them. I have full respect for every coach here. They give us a good heads up on being prepared."
This summer, Hanks may attend the Cal camp, but most likely will focus on getting stronger for his senior year.
Hanks is fully qualified with a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1020 on his SAT, but after scoring an 1150 on his PSAT, plans to take his SAT again "because I know I can score better than a 1020."