Last year on a talented Southside squad Tony Parks held his own as a junior cornerback. With a slew of seniors like Marlin Butler, Chris Rhodes, and graduating and moving on to college it's time for Parks to step to the forefront with fellow junior standout Justin Goldsmith. Checking in at a ready 5'9 180 pounds Parks blisters the 40 yard dash in 4.43 seconds. With a number of schools showing early interest Parks is the next player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
A year ago Parks saw plenty of action on the field but some of his best competition came in practice everyday.
"To be honest the toughest players I went up against last year were Marlin Butler and Chris Rhodes. Chris was an athlete but Marlin was something special. He had the total package. They prepared me well for the games. I had some good days against them and I think I prepared them well for Fridays too. I also went against Martavius Bryant from T.L Hanna in a 7 on 7 too. I played him well but he kept coming back at me."
While were on the topic of tough competition Parks said the toughest squad he faced last year is one that would surprise most folks. "Palmetto which you wouldn't think of them as the toughest team we faced because we played teams like Daniel, Strom Thurmond, Woodruff, and Woodmont, but we expected the game to be an easy night. We scored on the first play of the game but they responded and they kept responding until they came out with a win against us. They never stopped coming right back at us all game long."
As he reflected back on his junior season Parks talked about his most memorable game. "It'd have to be week 8 against Broome. I had 8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery for a 90 yard TD, and rushed for 30 yards. I was Week 8 player of the week in Greenville and was named to the SCPrepNation.com Team of the Week."
With his senior season coming next year Tony talked about his expectations. "My goals heading into next season are to perform on the highest level that I can in the classroom and on the field. I'm trying to make it to the next level and lead my team to a championship season. I'm a smart player and I play with a lot of heart. I'm always flying around the football and I'm a hungry ball player."
This offseason has been one of hard work for Parks and crew. "This offseason as a DB I've been polishing up on my technique because that's what standed out on film last year to me. On the offensive side of the ball I've been working on my hands so I can become the complete package as an offense threat next season as a running back."
Still fairly new to the recruiting world there's already a number of schools showing early interest in Parks. "I hear the most from NC State, Maryland, Clemson, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Lehigh, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, and NC A&T."
From that list of schools Parks says that Charleston Southern has been pressing him the hardest to this point. He also told us his favorites at this venture in the process.
"I'm the most intersted in NC State, Clemson, Maryland, Charleston Southern, and NC A&T."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Tony Parks and other top prospects in the Palmetto State so keep it locked right here.
Inside The Numbers...Tony Parks
Bench Press: 260 pounds
Squat: 425 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.43 seconds
Pro Shuttle: 4.12 seconds
Vertical: 35.7 inches
We are tentatively scheduled to check out Tony and the Southside Tigers in a 7 on 7 event this Thursday against the Travelers Rest Devildogs.