Jordan Parker is back on the market

Jul. 16 -- Pittsburg (Calif.) defensive back Jordan Parker committed to UCLA back April but decided earlier today to re-open his recruitment. What schools now have the best shot to land the talented corner?

Jordan Parker made a somewhat surprise commitment to UCLA back in April while on an unofficial visit to the Rose Bowl. On Wednesday, the athlete made an equally surprising de-commitment from the Bruins.

We just talked to Parker last week at The Opening in Beaverton and he said his commitment was very strong (see video below).

Fast forward a week and Parker will now start from scratch and begin the recruiting process all over. We haven’t caught up with Parker yet but in talking to a couple of people very close to his recruitment, it sounds like a couple of schools may have the inside track right now.

Oregon just recently got in the picture with Parker but has yet to offer. In fact, one thing we heard was the possibility of an Oregon offer was one of the reasons Parker decided to open things up. If the Ducks do offer, not only would they be high on his list, they could potentially jump to the very top of it.

Oklahoma is another school Parker will consider heavily. The Sooners have been on Parker hard for some time and is also recruiting his close friend Shurod Thompson, who recently set up an October official visit. Even while committed to different schools, Parker and Thompson still maintained they wanted to play together in college and the Sooners are the one school recruiting both of them.

USC is another school that never stopped recruiting Parker and will be in this one until the end. Prior to his commitment to UCLA, the Trojans were the school believed to be the leader. USC DB coach Keith Heyward has a very strong relationship with the Parker family and there’s a feeling that the longer his recruitment plays out, the better the odds for the Trojans.

UCLA will continue to recruit Parker as well and isn’t giving up here but history has shown, when a player de-commits from one school, they rarely re-commit to the same school later in the process.

Parker was exceptional at The Opening and was one of the best cover corners we saw in the event. He opened a lot of eyes clocking a 4.49-40 and played fast on the field as well. He has always flashed high level cover skills and plays with an edge to him. He's a tough kid who competes at a very high level and is just scratching the surface of how good he could be down the road.

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