Relationship key to Parks' commitment

Arizona likes to recruit the state of Louisiana and it now has two prospects out of that state committed to play football. Antonio Parks made it official Friday afternoon…

Orlando Bradford was the first prospect out of Louisiana to commit to Arizona from Louisiana and Antonio Parks became the second on July 4.

Parks is a 5-foot-10, 177 pound athlete who plays both sides of the ball in high school at Reserve (La.) East Saint John and he is excited to have his decision made.

"Arizona it is," Parks told Scout. "It was simple because of the relationship I have with the full [Arizona] staff including the head man, coach Rod (Head coach Rich Rodriguez). We talk all the time and the staff has a great plan for me."

The three-star has been recruited by different schools as an athlete and defensive back, Arizona likes him as the latter. Parks likes what he sees when it comes to him seeing the field early in his career.

"They play five defensive backs a game and a few are leaving next year, so they need guys to come in and compete early. I have a great opportunity right in front of me."

When Parks spent time in Tucson visiting the Wildcats, commitment popped in his head, but it wasn't until he returned that he made up his mind completely.

"When I got back, those [Arizona coaches] just kept telling me how much of an opportunity I have there. It was the offensive coordinator, the defensive coordinator, the head coach –- it was all of them.

"They stayed on me, they showed me major love, and they showed me that they needed me, not just wanted me there."

Visits to other schools in the fall is not out the question, but Parks only has one school on his mind right now. He sounds happy to be a Wildcat.

"The Arizona coaches were waiting on my call," said Parks. "This is happening at a great time in my life and it is awesome.

"I may stay in contact with a couple of schools just in case, but Arizona is a great fit for me and I want to lock things up with them."

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