FB/LB Prospect Matt Parent

A prospect to watch is Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul's <b>Matt Parent.</b> Playing either fullback or linebacker, and being a good student, he's on the recruiting list of many programs...

Another prospect to watch is Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul linebacker/fullback prospect Matt Parent (6-1, 240). Several schools have come by his campus expressing interest in him.

"I've heard from Notre Dame, Washington State, Arizona, Stanford, LSU, Nevada, Oregon, Penn, Harvard, USC and UCLA," Parent said. "A lot of those schools have come by campus and talked to my coaches."

In regards to UCLA, Parent is getting plenty of handwritten letters from running back coach Eric Bieniemy. "Coach Bieniemy is pretty cool. He has come out to a practice, and I saw him talking with one of my coaches, and he was smiling and nodding, and I had a good practice that day."

There was a minor snafu that prevented Parent from going to UCLA's Junior Day. "I called Coach Embree and he invited me, but my coach wouldn't let me get out of practice so I missed it. It was kind of a bad deal. So Coach Embree said he will have me come up and talk with them."

Parent's current top five schools are Northwestern, Stanford, Notre Dame, LSU and Arizona, ("schools who have had good linebackers") but it changes often. "My childhood favorite was Nebraska, and they send me handwritten letters."

The list of favorites would more than likely change significantly depending on which schools offer Parent a scholarship. So far to date, he hasn't received an offer.

Parent attended the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, and while he wasn't happy with his testing, he was pleased with his 1-on-1 drills. "I didn't like how I did on the testing, but I think I held my own on the 1-on-1 drills."

An outstanding student, Parent has a 3.8 GPA and scored an 1100 on his SAT, but intends to take the SAT again on June 7th to improve his score. "I want to have good scores when I apply for the UC schools," he said.

Parent is in no hurry to make a decision, wanting to take his trips, and also has no problem making his college experience happen out of state. "There are pros and cons to staying home, and to going away. I just want to make sure I have the right reasons for where I choose."

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