UCLA commit still looking at SC

Four-star cornerback Jordan Parker was a part of a defensive back group at The Opening Regional called the best group of the national tour Sunday. Parker got open, and then talked about remaining open to the recruiting process as well.

Pittsburg (Calif.) cornerback Jordan Parker committed to UCLA in April, but admitting that he still has interest in other schools, has plans to weigh his options accordingly.

Wearing his UCLA jacket to The Opening Regional Sunday morning, Parker reiterated that USC remains one of those options.

“I’m still going to go to their camp and take an official visit to USC,” said Parker. “I talked with Coach (Keith) Heyward, but we haven’t really had that conversation about comfort level yet.

“We talk more about seeing where my head is at and how I’m handling things mentally. We talk every couple of days. He just asks how I’m doing, what I’m doing to get better and how I feel about possibly being a Trojan.”

With at least two more visits planned for USC, Parker listed the reasons he likes USC from his prior to visits to campus.

“It’s a great school and they offer a great degree there,” said Parker. “And ever since I was young, USC was one of my favorite schools.”

At the USC Rising Stars Camp in June, Parker will compete against a variety of players from California to Florida. Traditionally a camp that pulls national talent, Parker sees it as a precursor to his invitation to The Opening Finals in July.

“I look forward to working more closely with the coaches and to get better,” said Parker. “The goal is to always get better, but I want to get a feel for how the coaches are there.”

With UCLA, Parker has a good idea of the coaches and the environment at the school, which is what keeps him committed to the Bruins.

“UCLA feels like the closest family to me, really,” said Parker. “They always coach me to get better no matter if we’re talking on the phone or through Twitter. They always coach me up.”

In term of official visits, Parker still lists UCLA, USC, Arizona State and possibly Washington as destinations.

“That’s still the list, but my visits are also still in the air,” said Parker. “It’s always been a dream to visit LSU, so I sort of want to start talking with them.

LSU’s run on defensive backs drafted into the NFL is appealing to Parker, although he says he doesn’t put much weight into draft picks.

“I look at it and then I don’t,” said Parker. “I was talking to Erick Dargan, and he was supposed to go high in the draft, but didn’t. He said he slipped because of his own mistakes.

“You have to consider what players do in college and whether they got into trouble and things like that. You have to look deeper into things.”

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