- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Back in May nobody knew much about 2014 athlete Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks), That’s not a problem anymore. Oklahoma defensive backs coach Mike Stoops got the ball rolling by offering Parker first. Since then, Oklahoma State and Alabama have thrown their hats into the ring, too.
Parker, who is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, has switched from cornerback to safety for his junior season and said the transition has gone well. He was at OU last weekend for its loss to Kansas State, the first time he has attended a Sooners game as a recruit and not just as a fan.
SoonerNation: It was your first time at OU as a recruit. How different was the experience compared to just going to the game as a fan?
Steven Parker: It was great. I had great time at OU. Being on the sidelines was definitely my favorite part. Watching the guys prepare for the game and seeing what they were doing. It was a great experience. I’m hoping to have another at OU here shortly.
SN: Did you get a chance to talk to any of the coaches during your unofficial visit?
Parker: I did. I was able to talk to Coach Stoops. Both of them, Bob and Mike. And I got to talk with Coach [Cale] Gundy. It was good to catch up. They were just wondering how my season was going and stuff like that.
SN: Being on the sidelines definitely gives a different perspective. Did you pay close attention to what the defense was doing on the field?
Parker: It’s funny you should ask that because that’s exactly what I was doing. I was watching the defense the whole time. Learning little things that they do in terms of reading coverages. Hopefully I can learn from it and use it in my game, too.
SN: It wasn’t too long after the OU offer that Oklahoma State came along. But now another big one with Alabama offering a couple of weeks ago. What do you like so much about the Crimson Tide?
Parker: Alabama only recruits the best athletes. They want to see if I can make one of their games this season. I would love to. I was surprised. They’re a great team and obviously win a lot of championships.
SN: You've been to OU and hoping to go back. What else is on your agenda in terms of unofficial visits?
Parker: I’m hoping to go to Oklahoma State this weekend for the Texas game. I have a real good relationship with the OSU coaches, too. I probably talk to Mike Stoops more than any other coach, but I talk a lot with OSU. I never thought I would get to this point in my life. Before I was just playing hard and didn’t think anything of it. Now I’m seeing my dreams coming true. It’s exciting.
SN: How has the early part of your junior season been?
Parker: This is the best year I’ve had by far. I’m able to see a lot more things at safety and recognize things. I’m still playing corner at times so it’s good to be able to play both positions. We had a rough start playing against great teams, but we feel like we’re doing OK and ready to make another championship run.
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