Junior to Watch: LB/FB Matt Parent

Matt Parent is a 6-0.5, 242-pound FB/LB prospect from Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St Paul, and Parent was one of the few players at the SoCal Nike camp that tested and ran with one position while his future could be on the other side of the ball.

"Around two weeks ago I hurt my hip during track practice, so it's been bothering me," Parent told TheInsiders after the camp was complete. "It showed up on my 40 and shuttle today. I didn't have good hip movement."

Matt ran a 4.8 40, 4.5 shuttle and jumped 29.1 inches in the vertical jump.

"It was a good camp," he said. "I'm thankful that I was invited. The competition was pretty good. I matched up pretty well against some of the running backs and tight ends I went up against. I think I'm ready to make the jump to the next level."

Even though Matt was one of the top linebackers at camp, there's no question he could also be a devastating fullback. "I'm open to it," he said about the possibility of playing offense in college.

"I'll play wherever they need me to play. But my true desire is to play linebacker."

Parent has received college interest from Boston College. "My top school is USC," he said.

"Academics are very important to me. I'm looking for academics first, then football. I'm looking for a school with academics, football and a great tradition."

Parent also let us in on his goals for his senior season. "Defensively I'm looking for 120 to shatter the school record, 200 total tackles," he said. "Offensively I'm looking for 80-100 carries for 800-1000 yards. Those are my goals right now."

So what separates Matt from the rest of the players out there? "My intensity on the field," he said. "I keep the guys the up, pumped. But my head's on my shoulders. I don't go crazy. I keep everybody in tune with the game and what they need to do to get the 'W'."

He still works hard, looking to improve in some key areas. "I need to work on my meanness," said Parent. "I'm kind of a nice guy on the field. I need to really start taking people's heads off. Not like one play here, one play there. Every play I need to kill somebody."




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