Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Ash's pitch helps get visit from elite recruit
A conversation with Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash helped convince the father of highly sought safety Steven Parker II the Razorbacks wanted his son. That prompt the family to visit for the Texas A&M game on Sept. 28.
“From that point on, I wanted to hear what he had to say,” the elder Parker said. “I wanted to see what Arkansas had to offer and that’s why we made that trip down there.”
Parker, 6-3, 195, 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Jenks, Okla. has more than 20 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M and Ohio State. The Sept. 28 trip helped earn the Hogs an official visit.
“Everything is positive with him about Arkansas,” Parker said. “Everything is positive about Arkansas from the coaches to the players everything on down.”
Parker has 27 tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and 3 interceptions while having 14 receptions for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns. National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates him a 4-star plus prospect.
In addition to Arkansas, Parker plans to officially visit Michigan and Ohio State. The two remaining visits are undecided. Parker said he believes his son’s college decision isn’t too far off.
“I would like it by the first of the year to know what he’s going to do and know where he’s going to go,” Parker said.