"I'm getting a lot of interest from some schools, but no offers yet," Parks said. "Stanford came by Poly on Monday, saw that my grades were good and they were very interested. Oregon and coach Don Pellum is sending me handwritten letters. LSU and Washington have been showing me a lot of interest and Oklahoma has invited me to a full-contact camp where they said that they could offer."
There is one school in particular who Parks is hoping would offer him. Parks said, "I've always been a Bruin fan. If I got an offer from UCLA, that would be nice. I love the UCLA football program. Terrence (Austin) said he's talking about me to them. They've been my favorite school my whole life," said Parks.
But even if the Bruin staff offered Parks, he said he wouldn't commit right away. "Maybe the school atmosphere isn't something I'd like or maybe another school is a better fit for me. I just want to go through the process and see all of my options before I decide," said Parks. "I think I can decide early, since I have my mind set on a couple of schools and if those couple of schools offer me, my decision is easier. But if I don't get an offer, then I'll have to take my time, visit some schools, choose where I want to go to and make a Signing Day decision."
And though the Bruins were his childhood favorite, without a great deal of interest from UCLA, Oregon is his current leader. "My cousin (Samie Parker) played at Oregon, and since he was there when I was in junior high, I told my mom I always wanted to go to Oregon. So she's cool with me leaving if I decided to," said Parks.
Somewhat overshadowed on Poly's defense last year because of USC-signees Alfred Rowe and Vincent Joseph and class of 2007 studs Kenny Rowe and Donovan Warren, Parks quietly put together a solid junior campaign, recording 103 tackles and 27 tackles for loss, despite missing two games with a bruised rib. He thinks all of the talent at Poly last year has somewhat buried him under the radar.
"To be honest, I like it like this. Scouts don't really know too much about me, but when they see me play, they're like ‘wow, this guy can play'. Last year I had a good season and I only played 10 games, but most scouts were looking at Donovan, Vincent, Kenny, Alfred and Jurray Casey, then they'd see me on film and I impressed them," Parks said.
Parks said he could play either inside our outside, depending on what a school needs. "I just want to be a linebacker, period. I can play Mike or Sam, but I'm not sure what I want to be at this point. It depends on what a school needs me for, but I'll pretty much play both. I don't feel more comfortable at one spot," said Parks.
An excellent student, Parks is in a couple of AP classes and he has had plenty of motivation to keep up his grades. He said, "I've seen plenty of guys come here, top guys, and they didn't have the grades to play. I learned from my brothers not having grades, and saw where they were at and realized that my academics are important. I have a 4.1 with my classes weighted, but a 3.8 overall. I scored a 1320 on the SAT, but I don't think that is good and I know I can do better. I want a 1600-plus at least. I know with my high GPA, that a 1320 could qualify me, but I'm going to college for my grades, and my personal goal is to do better," said Parks.
This weekend, Parks will join a handful of Poly teammates at the Scout.com All-American Combine in Los Angeles, and may attend the Adidas Camp at UCLA next weekend.