Defensive Tackle Parker High on Potential

Chaffey (Calif.) College defensive tackle Ray Parker (6-1, 265), is hoping to put an injury-plagued freshman season behind him and show why he was one of Southern California's top prep defensive lineman in 2004.

Parker, who had an offer from Idaho after his senior season, matriculated to Chaffey after not being able to qualify.  That followed a senior season where he was named his league, and CIF Player of the Year on defense, after helping lead Norco to the CIF Championship Game for the second straight year.

However, his past accolades and potential haven't stopped the interest in him.

"I'm hearing from Missouri and Michigan State, and Idaho is still involved," said Parker.  "I'll have three years to play two when I'm done.  I think now that I'm healthy, I'll see some more opportunities."

Parker said he would be able to graduate in December with his A.A. and be ready to practice next spring.  Older and wiser, he said he is open to leaving the area and continuing his football career around the country.

"I have no problem leaving California to play," said Parker.  "Whatever school is the best for me, that's where I'll go."

Parker played defensive tackle for Chaffey last fall, but started out playing defensive end and said if a school wanted him to play end, he'd be fine with it.

During his senior season, Parker played on the defensive line for Norco and also played goalline fullback, mostly opening holes for eventual California state rushing record holder Toby Gerhart.  Consecutive trips to the CIF Championship were greeted with losses, and Norco won it in 2005, with Parker gone.

"We got there twice but lost both times.  I was really happy they won, but I'm a little jealous that they got a ring when I was gone," said Parker.


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