Connecticut is the Favorite

New Milford, Conn., product Gilbert Parsons has been in constant contact with the Connecticut coaching staff since camping there as a sophomore last summer and will be stopping by again this June for summer camp. While Parsons has yet to pick up his first offer, the Husky coaching staff could pick up immediate help at tackle by doing so.

Gilbert Parsons, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn., plans to camp at Connecticut for the second consecutive summer this month and will also spend time on campus at Boston College and Rutgers over the next several weeks trying to nail down his first scholarship offer. While nothing is certain at this point, an offer from the Connecticut coaching staff would definitely put them in a commanding lead for the lineman.

"I have been in contact with Coach (Scott) Lakatos from Connecticut for a long time now and have met him several times," Parsons said. "He's a very honest guy and is realistic when it comes to recruiting. He tells me like it is all the time and I really like that about him. When he broke down my film he said he was very impressed with my run blocking, but needed to see me in camp to see how my pass protection is because we don't do much passing at my school. If I do a good job at camp with that, he said I could receive an offer."

"I was recently at Storrs for spring practice, but there was some sort of a coaching convention or something going on because there were like 350 coaches from around the country there," Parsons added. "I was able to talk with Coach Lakatos again and then spoke with Coach (Randy) Edsall for a bit. He seemed really nice, but was in a rush to get out practicing so I just watched how he was with his players and he really seems to care a lot about them. You can tell he is very passionate about the game and did a great job giving constructive criticism to the players."

"While I was out there I also had an opportunity to check out the facilities and they were really, really impressive," Parsons explained. "The weight room was spotless and absolutely huge. They had a top level to it that was really cool to because it had a track to run your 40-yard dash on and some electronic equipment to measure foot and hand speed. Everything was just so high-tech, it was really cool. After that I sat in on an offensive line meeting and then sat in on the offensive meeting before their first full-contact practice."

Parsons has also being recruited by Boston College, Rutgers, Temple, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire and Minnesota at this point and will most likely be camping at both Boston College and Rutgers this summer. While his first offer has not yet come he was very up front when it came to where Connecticut stood on his list.

"Connecticut is definitely my favorite," Parsons stated. "They have great academics, they are close to home, have a good football program that is on the rise and I am comfortable with the coaching staff. Rutgers is right up there with them at this point, but they would be a close number two I would say."

Parsons will camp at Connecticut on June 24th and if he shows the pass protection skills that the staff is looking for could pick up his first offer. If that happens it wouldn't be surprising at all if he were to commit either on the spot or soon after.

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