BERKELEY -- Jordan Parker doesn't have any offers just yet, but given the athleticism he displayed last weekend at California's full-contact camp, it won't be long until he, like his Pittsburg (Calif.) teammate Shurod Thompson -- explodes.
Last year for Alameda (Calif.) Encinal, Parker tallied three interceptions and over 70 tackles against mostly read-option offenses. With the Pirates, he'll have to adjust to dropping back into pass coverage much more, but it's a challenge he's up for. Parker has loose hips, shows good change of direction and is a well-muscled, physical cornerback.
Parker sticks on his man well, staying in his receiver's hip pocket throughout a route, and shows the ability to redirect receivers to the middle of the field, where Thompson usually lurks.
"I just have to be patient, and everything doesn't have to be a kill-‘em, keep ‘em on the line," Parker said. "I just have to be patient, let them come to me and absorb his route."
Most recently, Parker has been speaking with mostly Pac-12 schools, including the Golden Bears, who saw him in-person at last weekend's camp. "They told me they like me, and I'm just waiting now," Parker said.
"I've been talking to Washington State. I'm going to their camp," Parker said. "The University of Washington, they were messaging me when I was at Encinal. They told me to come to their camp last week. I did well. They liked my quickness and footwork, a couple picks."
Arizona State has also been talking to Parker since his freshman year at Encinal, with Chris Ball as his primary recruiter.
Though Parker is an athletic receiver, his future appears to be at defensive back, which is where most of the schools pursuing him project him to play at the next level. Parker is a good enough athlete to play receiver at the high school level, but his body type projects more as a defensive back, and his ball skills on offense aren't very polished. That said, though, he did have two big, body-control touchdown grabs during his time at camp this past weekend.
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