Lock down corner keeping it open

California's No. 1 rated cornerback commits to UCLA Friday, but it appears the fight for his signature will rage on.

FULLERTON, Calif. — Cornerback Jordan Parker unofficially visited USC last Friday at noon. By 4:00 p.m. that same afternoon, Parker had verbally committed to UCLA.

It was a pledge that took many by surprise. And as Parker spoke about his unofficial visit to USC, it’s a pledge that still is a bit surprising.

“I always love it down there at USC,” said Parker. “Coach (Keith) Heyward and hung out for like two hours just talking about the school. The tradition at USC is so good, it really feels like home the way the coaches welcome me and show me love.”

But then his unofficial visit to UCLA also made him feel at home as well.

“With UCLA, it just felt like family down there,” said Parker. “UCLA was the first school to offer me and I felt really close with the coaches. The campus was great and you know UCLA has great academics, so that’s big.

“I think with UCLA, I just felt the most comfortable. We just walked around with the coaches and listening to what the degree at UCLA can do for you sealed the deal. I felt it was a great opportunity, so I jumped on it.”

The main question postmortem of his commitment is whether Parker jumped too soon. Although he had originally planned on committing over the summer, he has no interest in shutting down the recruiting process — at all.

“I love USC, so there’s definitely interest there,” said Parker. “If I was to de-commit, they would probably be my choice.

“UCLA knows that, even though I committed, I’m still keeping my recruitment open. They know that I’m still taking my official visits. I’ll be going to USC, Washington, UCLA and Arizona State. Those are the only ones I know of so far.”

Parker will also hit USC and Oregon this summer for unofficial visits. A return trip to USC comes on the heels of Parker speaking with Trojans defensive back coach Keith Heyward after his commitment to UCLA Friday.

“Ever since Reggie Bush went there, USC has been one of my favorite schools,” said Parker. “Now that I have the opportunity to go there, it’s big for me to get more acclimated to the school.

“Coach Heyward and I are going to talk Monday, so we’re keeping everything cool. Our relationship is real tight. We talk frequently and that’s one of my favorite coaches.

“We talked about it, and I’ll be up their for their camp in June. I also know I’m going to do the Oregon camp and I’ll get to visit around the schools, so I’ll get to visit around the schools then.”

At those camps, Parker will also get to see fit and scheme up close while working with each school’s coaching staff.

“Coach (Justin) Wilcox and a I spoke about that already at USC,” said Parker. “He liked that I’m a competitor and I have the speed to keep up with receivers deep. He said I’m also a physical corner, and that’s what they need.”

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