Parker wants to trip to USC

2014 Jenks (Okla.) safety Steven Parker checked in at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Santa Ana (Calif.) and told Scout he is thinking about an official visit to USC...

2014 Jenks (Okla.) safety Steven Parker is playing his recruitment close to the vest.

He has a list of top schools, but he's not sharing.

Parker has, however, taken two official visits: Texas A&M and Arkansas.

"A&M, It was a blast," Parker told Scout at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Santa Ana (Calif.)."It was good to meet all the coaches and get to talk with them again because I already took an unofficial there and it was a good vibe."

The four-star recruit says it was a "good feeling" to hear that Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin signed a contract extension and continues to, reportedly, turn down NFL interview requests. "I knew he had all kinds of pressure going to the next level and he decided to stay with his players and stay with the recruiting class and that's something I admired a lot.

"Arkansas, same thing. I got to meet the coaches a bit more, talk with the players, they basically just kind of showed me everything that Arkansas has to offer."

The 6-foot-2 185-pound athlete says he thinks he will take at least two other official visits. He'd like them to be to Ole Miss and USC.

"Ole Miss, I talk to them a lot," he explained. "It's a program that is turning around, the coaches have been fantastic as far as recruiting me and coaching, they are starting to get top recruiting classes, everything has been good. It makes me think a little bit, they're going to be good in a couple of years."

As for the Trojans? Parker says he hasn't really been in touch with the new USC staff, but believes he holds an offer, and would like to take another trip to L.A.

For fans trying to play the guessing game, well, Parker says he doesn't care what conference he plays in and doesn't care if he is near or far from home. He wants to find a program that makes him feel at home.

"I'm just one of those kids who wants to follow his own mind, do his own thing," he said.

The Semper Fi All-American Bowl airs Sunday at 6 pm PT on FOX Sports 1.

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