Big Season Brings More Offers for 2017 TE Colby Parkinson

Nov. 4 -- A big season has brought in more offers for Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2017 tight end Colby Parkinson..

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2017 tight end Colby Parkinson (6-7, 225), is up to eight offers, with a local offer coming on Saturday and a national offer coming on Tuesday

"UCLA offered me on Saturday at their game," said Parkinson.  "They've been talking with me for a little bit and Coach (Jim) Benkert told me they would be close to pulling the trigger.  Coach (Angus) McClure was who offered me."

Parkinson said he's been watching UCLA's offense this fall, particularly how they use their tight end in the offense.

"It's exciting to see how their offense works," said Parkinson.  "Whenever I go to games, I see how they use their tight ends.  I stand up sometimes, I go down and put my hand on the ground, so I'm good with both."

The Bruins joined USC in offering Parkinson this fall, and the Trojan fan as a kid was excited about the USC offer.

"Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) was who offered me and the main one recruiting me," said Parkinson.  "I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open to what's happening with their next coach.  I was a USC fan growing up so that offer was big for me."

Parkinson then got a big national offer on Tuesday night when Michigan and Jay Harbaugh offered Parkinson.

"I had been talking with Michigan early in the season and they said that the offer was coming," said Parkinson.  "Then (Tuesday), I talked to their tight ends coach, Jay Harbaugh, and they extended the offer."

Jim Harbaugh has been a big proponent of the tight end in his offenses and that wasn't lost on Parkinson.

"Michigan is very appealing to me as well because of how much they use their tight ends," said Parkinson.

Prior to the Michigan and local offers, Parkinson had been offered by California, Washington, Washington State, Tennessee and Ole Miss and said another Pac-12 school could be close.

"I think maybe Oregon will be next," said Parkinson.  "I think they're the closest to offering me as a tight end."

Parkinson has visited Stanford, Oregon, Washington and the two local schools and said he'll do more visiting in the spring.

"I'll definitely be out to a couple of schools in the spring and checking a few more out," said Parkinson.

Stanford has been talking with Parkinson a lot of late, and their use of their tight ends isn't lost on him.

"They take a while with offering because of grades and I'm not sure if they're close to offering, but I have high interest in Stanford for sure and the way they use their tight ends is appealing," said Parkinson.

With a lot of time before he'll need to sign, Parkinson is in a slower approach to making a decision.

"I'll feel out what is best fot me and what the right fit is for me," said Parkinson.  "I don't want to miss an opportunity but I want to make sure I'm making the best decision."

Academically, Parkinson has a 4.0 and will take the SAT and ACT in the spring.

On Friday, Oaks has a chance to clinch the Marmonte League title outright, and it will match their new head coach Benkert against his former school, Westlake.

"Coach hasn't really said much about the game, but we know how big a deal it is for him, so we're really looking forward to this Friday," said Parkinson.

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