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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kyrion Parker talks LSU decommitment

By Damon Sayles

The social media buzz was strong on Friday -- so strong that Kyrion Parker decided to just sit back and read all the hearsay.

If it wasn’t people on Twitter, it was those on Facebook passing on the same message: Kyrion Parker has decommitted from LSU.

Parker confirmed late Friday night the decommitment with ESPN's RecruitingNation. He said he made the decision Thursday and is currently weighing all options.

“I just didn’t know if LSU was the right fit for me,” said Parker, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound receiver from Manvel, Texas. “I wanted to stay closer to my family. A lot of people say when you’re in college, you’re going to need someone to fall back on. That’s really it; I wanted to be closer to family.”

Parker laughed at all the rumors he read on Friday. He heard that he decommitted because of the possible commitment of another receiver in former Texas pledge Ricky Seals-Jones. He also heard that the decommitment was brought on because LSU would redshirt him his freshman year.

“I haven’t talked to anybody,” he said, “but there’s a lot of rumors going around. The biggest thing people kept saying was about Ricky. That’s not true.”

Parker added: “I do want to say that I really like LSU. It’s a great school with a great program. For me, it was just kind of far away.”

Manvel is roughly four hours away from the LSU campus. Some schools that have offered Parker that are located a little closer are Texas A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette and UTSA. A&M is a little more than an hour and a half away from Manvel. Lafayette, La., and San Antonio both are roughly three-hour drives.

Two schools that have yet to offer but have expressed interest are Baylor and Houston. Baylor is roughly three hours away. Houston is but a mere ride across town, all of 20 minutes.

Whichever school that picks up Parker will get a player that has picked up steam in his recruiting process since returning from a broken right collarbone the third week of the Texas high school football season. Parker played his junior season at Houston Lamar but transferred to Manvel in March.

Parker runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and, at 6-3, has a 33-inch vertical. He bench presses 265 pounds and squats 450.

Parker said he’s unsure when he’ll announce where he’ll take his talents, but he said he’s going to continue weighing his options.

In addition to laughing at the rumors.

“I’m just going to keep praying about everything and talk to my parents about it all,” Parker said. “I’m just looking for a place that spreads the ball, a place with a good quarterback and a great coaching staff. I’m looking for a place I feel welcomed, a place I can call home.”