For new Coug, WSU pledge came together fast

CORNERBACK KIRKLAND PARKER out of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, until very recently looked to be deciding between offers from Purdue and Houston. Instead, things came together quickly between the lengthy 6-1, 185-pounder and Washington State.

Kirkland Parker was reported earlier by Scout.com to have played the last two seasons at Blinn and with three to play two. But he told CF.C that was incorrect.

“I’m three-for-three,” said Parker.

A quick check of the stats from the 2013 Blinn season would seem to confirm that, they do not show Parker’s name listed.

Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Alex Grinch ran the point on Parker’s recruitment for Washington State.

“We’ve been in contact but it did come together pretty quick,” said Parker. “I came up on visit (last week) and I just loved it up there so I went ahead and committed.”

The Cougs, meanwhile, liked his size and playmaking ability, said Parker.

“They like my aggressiveness,” said Parker. “They liked my length, and (just) being able to cover.”

Parker said he plans on finishing up his coursework at Blinn in mid-July and will head to the Palouse shortly thereafter for fall camp.

"I like the area, the coaching staff, the (players) are really cool – just everything about it. It seems like a great place to be. I really liked the vibe. I just loved it up there.”

In 2014, Parker in eight games posted 17 tackles with two interceptions and three pass break-ups. He also had one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.



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