Weight: 175 pounds
Recruiting: Parker committed to UCLA while on an unofficial visit to the campus, in a move that few, if anyone, saw coming. At the Pylon 7v7 tournament in Las Vegas back in March, Parker said his top two were Arizona State and USC. California also looked like a major player and he just visited Berkeley to take in spring practice a week ago. The Bruins were able to rally in this one and plenty of credit has to go to coaches Angus McClure and Demetrice Martin, who led his recruitment. In the end, Parker said UCLA felt like a family to him and where he was most comfortable. UCLA was also his first offer and Parker said he had built a strong relationship with the staff ever since. The athlete did say he still plans to take a few more visits before he totally shuts down the recruiting process.
What to Like: Parker is one of those rare corners who just does everything well. He has a strong frame, can play physical at the line, is tough in run support and plays with an edge. He combines that physical style with good athleticism, quick feet, a high football IQ and very good ball skills. Parker can play press or off, uses his body very well to position himself and attacks the ball when it's in the air. He loves to compete and the challenge of taking on another team's best receiver. Parker was arguably the best corner we saw in Vegas and his coaches at Pittsburg have called him the best corner the school has ever produced.
Areas to improve: Parker runs well but doesn't have elite top end speed so that's one area he can improve on. As a corner, you obviously never want to get beaten but when you do, it's always good to have the kind of recovery speed needed to chase down a receiver from behind. As he gets in to a college strength program, you can expect Parker to improve not only his top end speed but his short area quickness and burst out of his breaks as well. Once he adds a little more explosiveness to his game, there is no doubt Parker has Sunday potential.
Overall Analysis: UCLA landing Parker is huge for them on many levels. For starters, he's a tremendous talent, the top rated corner in the west and has a chance to play early in his college career. He has the potential to be a true shut down corner and it has been a long time since UCLA had a player capable of shutting down one side of the field. Parker had his choice of just about any program out West and UCLA didn't seem like they were really in the game just a month or so ago. To beat out USC, who was his early leader, along with Cal, where his close friend Shurod Thompson just committed, was a huge coup for them. Landing Parker should help UCLA with several other NorCal players they're currently recruiting and also allows the Bruins to be picky and not have to reach on a corner just to fill a spot.