LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Much like his now-former teammate at Pittsburg (Calif.), Shurod Thompson, Arizona State and USC have been attached as potential frontrunners for four-star defensive back Jordan Parker, but, while he likes the Sun Devils and the Trojans, Parker says he’s “still open, really.”
“I just like the atmosphere, and the family around there, but they’re not my top two,” Parker said at the Passing Down 7-on-7 NorCal Regional.
While USC recently offered Parker, it’s two other Pac-12 schools who are recruiting him the hardest.
“It would have to be either California or UCLA,” he said.
Because of its proximity, Parker said that he and Thompson – who’s transferring to Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty for next season – will “definitely” try to get out to Berkeley for spring practice, and Parker said that he wants to go to see the Bruins, as well.
“I’ve never been there,” he said. “I want to see how the atmosphere is around there, and how the coaches are with the players.”
Parker already has a strong relationship with coaches at both UCLA and Arizona State, something he said is very important.
“The strongest would have to be coach [Chris] Ball from ASU or coach Meat [Demetrice Martin] from UCLA,” Parker said. “They always ask me what I can do to get better and what I do to stay on top of my game.”
While Parker has obliquely heard about the Wasserman Center being built in Westwood – the $50 million football facility currently under construction – he said that it’s coaching relationships that are more important for him than facilities.
Parker, like Thompson, asserted that the pair wants to play with one another in college, even though they can’t play with each other this year.
“It’s life. We’re just going to play against each other, and see how it goes,” Parker said. As for college? “Anything can happen, but that would be a big preference.”