Parker may sign with someone this spring

One player who many teams are looking at because there is a possibility he can leave this spring is Grossmont DB Larry Parker (6-0, 175). He redshirted in 2007 at Sacramento State and then played for the Griffins in 2008. Because of his versatility and eligibility, three schools have already offered and more programs are looking at him closely...

Parker signed with Sacramento State out of high school and redshirted the 2007 there, but he said he always knew he could play at a higher level.

"I wanted the chance to show what I could do at the D-1 level," Parker told "I always felt I could play at the highest level and I wanted the chance to do that and coming to Grossmont will allow me to do that."

As a redshirt freshman in 2008, parker played both corner and safety for the Griffins, posting 42 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defensed while also returning one punt for a touchdown and posted an average of 14.5 yards on 15 punt returns.

"I started outside, but we had some injuries so I had to move inside," Parker noted. "It wasn't that hard and I really enjoyed my time at safety so wherever a team wants me at I feel I can play there."

Parker has good range and speed, posting a 4.5 forty time and a 36-inch vertical, but he said his best asset is how he plays the ball in the air and how he reads a play.

"I can diagnose well," Parker said. "When I figure out where the ball is going, I can break on it quickly whether it's in front of me or whether I need to turn and run.

"I'm strong, but I want to get stronger and I feel like I can be physical with receivers at the line. I always am looking to improve and that's my focus this offseason."

On the recruiting front, because he was a full-qualifier, BYU, Nevada and Houston have already extended offers for this coming fall and a couple of other schools have shown an interest.

"I got offers from BYU, Nevada and Houston during the season because they want me this fall," Parker said. "I haven't decided what I'm going to do because I wanted to opportunity to play D-1, but I'm not sure those are the best situations.

"Michigan just started calling me and they are really interested in me and there are a couple more that have called, but those are the main four right now."

Should Parker decide to leave this summer, he would have three years to play three, however he said the option remains open to playing for Grossmont this fall and then signing in December, at which time he would have two years to play two once he leaves.

We'll continue to track Parker's progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as they change.

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