Parker a sought-after defensive end

Chaffey DE Ray Parker (6-2, 275) is a player that hasn't been on a lot of recruiting radars this past year, but some D-1 and D-1AA schools have taken notice of his outstanding production and versatility and he's set to take three visits in the next few weeks.

"I already took a trip to St. Cloud in Minnesota and that was a great trip," Parker told "I had a lot of fun and they showed me a great time. I went there in December.

"I'm scheduled to take a trip to Idaho State on January 12th, then Texas State on January 19th and then Charleston University on January 26th."

Parker sports offers from all four of those schools and also has offers from Idaho, BYU and Portland State as well.

"Missouri offered me earlier on, but the guy they had ahead of me qualified and committed so they called me and said they were pulling their offer back," Parker said. "BYU and Idaho have both said they want me to visit, but they had to reschedule me.

"The Idaho staff left so the new staff wanted to watch my film and see what I could do before they brought me in and BYU said they needed to push me back a little bit. If either one of them wanted me to take a visit, I would cancel one of the ones I have already set up."

Parker had an excellent 2006 campaign posting 12 sacks and over 40 for a team that finished 7-3, but missed going to a bowl game.

"We didn't go, but a team ranked lower than us did, so…who knows?" Parker said.

As far as what he can do on the field, Parker is a menace to offensive tackles and can play the run or pass with equal efficiency.

"It's all about the ‘get-off' for me," Parker said. "My first step is really quick and I can beat you either with my speed or a bull-rush move.

"I worked really hard this summer on my speed and my upper-body strength. I ran a 4.8 before the season and maxed at 405 on the bench (he also claims 24 reps of 225 pounds). I squat 615 so that really is what helps me in holding the point when I need to."

Parker played tackle and end for Chaffey this year, but figures he's probably headed to either strongside defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or to end in a 3-4 scheme.

"I'll play wherever the coaching staff wants me to play," Parker said. "I really want to go to a successful football program, but the school also has to be really good academically. I want to win. That's a big thing for me."

Parker is taking a winter class and will finish his two-year degree on February 2nd.

"If I choose a school that's on the quarter system, I can be there for spring practices," Parker said. "BYU has that so that's pretty appealing. But, if I choose a school on the semester system, like Idaho State, then I would have to wait until summer to work out with the team."

Parker wants to major in Business Marketing and said he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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