But when Wisconsin entered with a scholarship offer, the thing Parker knew made the Badgers an intriguing opportunity.
"The only thing I really know they are a great D-1 program," Parker told Badger Nation. "Over the last couple of years, I've been watching them, they've been rising up. I think they are really going to become one of the teams to beat over the next couple of years, or next year."
The offer didn't come as a surprise for Parker, who had been getting mail from the Badgers for several weeks. He first got to speak to Wisconsin secondary coach Bill Busch the day Parker was offered.
"He seemed real excited about me," said Parker. "He said I was a player who could probably start early, somebody who everyone is probably chasing after and he really wants on his team. He was explaining Wisconsin and stuff like that."
A four-star safety ranked No.16 at his position by Fox Sports Next, Parker is a good judge of football character, not to mention good genetics. His father, Steven Sr., is a former Oklahoma State safety and his grandfather, Charles, was one of the first black football players to take the field for the Oklahoma Sooners.
"It's a blessing to have both a dad and a granddad play at that level," said Parker.
"I think I really improved as far as getting in the action, getting more in the play," said Parker, who switched from cornerback to safety before last season. "I was able to make more tackles, be in on more plays and just be the quarterback of the defense, which made me more of a vocal leader."
Coming off a 50+ tackle junior season with three interceptions, Parker's plan is to ‘visit every school I can' before making recruiting decisions. He knows it will a challenge balancing visits with AAU basketball, but Parker – and his 4.5 40-yard speed – recognizes the importance of getting a clear picture of each school.
"It's my plan to see Wisconsin," said Parker, who has already visited his two Oklahoma offers and two Texas offers. "I am going to stay open for right now, but I am thinking about committing before football season. That depends on how many visits I can take, although I would like to take my official visits.
"It might be a situation where I commit during the season, but I would like to take the pressure off of me before then."