"UCLA offered me as a defensive end. I was at their 1-Day Camp, and I was working out for Coach (Thurmond) Moore and they really liked me and offered me," said Parsons. "It's pretty exciting to get that offer."
UCLA, so far, is Parsons' only offer, and he said the Bruins were one of his top three schools, along with USC and Washington. "Those three are all pretty even. UCLA is a little up there because I have an offer from them, but I am still pretty wide open."
UCLA defensive coordinator Larry Kerr is handling the recruitment of Parsons. "I like Coach Kerr, he's a nice guy. I met him at Junior Day and then again at the camp. I like the whole staff up there," Parsons said.
Parsons was at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles last weekend, running a 4.9 forty, doing 20 reps on the bench and jumping 25 inches on the vertical. He said, "It was a good camp. They had me as one of the top defensive performers there."
Parsons said he isn't in a hurry to make a decision and has some good, experienced counsel to help him sort through it. His brother, B. Jay Parsons, a starting defensive end at Kentucky by way of Saddleback College, went through the recruiting process before him. "I talk with my brother a lot about this, and I've talked with my mom about it. I'm going to take some time and think about this. I want to see all the schools I'm looking at. Having my brother, I can talk with him about this whole process."
During his junior year, Parsons had 97 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions, while being named all-League and all-City.
Academically, Parsons holds a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT on May 7th.