Huskers & Others Like Gerald Parker

With a coaching change at Pasadena (Calif.) City College, offensive lineman Gerald Parker (6-7, 285) decided the time was right for him to leave PCC and he transferred to Compton (Calif.) College, where he will play the 2006 season.

"It's nice at Compton.  I like it.  It's cool over there," said Parker.

Parker, a 2005 grad of New Iberia (La.) High, left the Bayou to come to the west coast after being a non-qualifier out of high school. 

"I wasn't going to qualify," said Parker.  "So I thought the JC route was the best way to go to get a scholarship.  That's how I ended up in California."

And after his first JC season, he's already amassed two scholarship offers, proving his thoughts right.

"Nebraska and Southern Miss have offered me," said Parker.  "I have a trip to Nebraska set up for October 7th."

Parkers said four other schools have been showing interest in him, and he's hoping his home-state school gets involved.

"I think he's going to replace two guys we lost and will be an anchor on the left side," said Compton head coach Angelo Jackson. "I think he's long. He's 6-7, 280, and not even eating properly. He's also a little nasty, and I like that too. Nebraska loves him already."

"Washington, Oregon State, Michigan State and Kansas are all talking to me," said Parker.  "And I would consider LSU if they recruited me."

Parker's family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and his family's home suffered some damage, but he was in California during the hurricane.  They have moved into the middle part of Louisiana, but he still holds great memories from the Bayou State.

"It's home," said Parker.

Parker said he would be graduating in December but that he would like to have a decision made in the middle of the season, part of the reason he wants to take trips during the year, specifically the Nebraska trip.

"They are looking at me as a tackle.  Schools like me as a weakside tackle.  And they want me to come in right away and start," said Parker.


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