Another Cowboy interested in Washington?

With the success Cody Pickett has had for the <b>Washington Huskies</b> so far this season, it's no wonder the Washington coaches are looking for more cowboys to fill out their lineup. There's one cowboy they seem to be particularly interested in lately, but he isn't from Idaho. He's from Southern California.

The cowboy in question is Ryan Parks, a 6-4, 285-pound offensive lineman who plays for the Chino High Cowboys. "I'm good at pass blocking and pulling," Parks told about his style. "There's lots of pulling in our offense. It's a spread offense."

For physical attributes, Ryan runs a 5.0 40, benches 315 pounds and squats 515 pounds.

Ryan doesn't lasso defensive tackles or rope linebackers, but he embodies a cowboy's spirit on the gridiron. "I can't get a little emotional, but I don't talk trash," he said. "I just go out there and do my job."

Parks has helped the Cowboys stay undefeated this year. Last season, he was named to the 2000 LA Times All-City team, as well as the All San Bernadino Conference and All Inland Valley teams. "Since the third game I've been grading out at an average of 92 or higher," Ryan said.

Recruiting attention has been steady for Ryan lately, with Washington, Arizona, Colorado State, UCLA, UNLV and Hawaii showing him the most love. He currently has offers from Colorado State and UNLV.

Who is recruiting Ryan for the Dawgs? "Coach Hauck," he said. "He talks about how they are building a strong program up there. They always seem to be ranked high and the campus looks beautiful. They want me to take a trip up there so I can see if I like it."

And official visits? Parks has one in the books and is working on setting up the rest. "The only one I have set up right now is December 7th at Colorado State," he said. "I think I'm going to take other trips to Washington, Arizona, UNLV and UCLA.

Here are Ryan's thought on his top-5.

Colorado State - "They have a great coaching staff. They remind me of my coaches here. They know how to get the job done, and they always seem to end up in the top-25."

Washington - "They are a successful program and I've heard good things about the University. I want to go into Social Science. I have a History teacher that went there."

Arizona - "I like the O-Line coach. He's a good guy. My grandpa went there too."

UNLV - "I know a couple of guys that went there and they say great things about it. They were the first team to offer me."

UCLA - "Well, they are the hometown school and it would be cool to play for them, but I'm looking for the best situation for me."

He has very specific things in mind when thinking about his future college choice. "Well, it's important that I like the coaches, but it's even more important that I get along with the players," said Parks. "They are the ones you are with every day."

And a plan for deciding? One thing is for sure; Ryan will know where to go when he sees it. "I do want to take my visits and check things out, but I would commit somewhere if everything is right," he said. "But right now I plan to check everything out first." Top Stories