All Class of 2014 safety Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) wanted for the weekend was a victory in the Oklahoma state semifinals. Anything after that was just icing on the cake.
He did his part Friday with an interception in a dominating 41-10 win against rival Tulsa (Okla.) Union. And he almost made it a weekend he would never forget.
Parker, making his third unofficial visit to Oklahoma, said he was close to committing to the Sooners this weekend but has decided to wait.
“I was close,” Parker said. “It definitely made me think a lot. It has me thinking.”
Parker’s two previous trips to OU were for losses against Kansas State and No. 1-ranked Notre Dame. Already with offers from OU and Oklahoma State, he didn’t go into the game hoping for a Sooners win. He just wanted a good Bedlam battle. He certainly got that.
“It wasn’t about a win or loss. I wanted to see a really good game,” Parker said. “That was the best game I’ve seen in person.”
Parker said the highlight of the visit was going into the locker room following the dramatic 51-48 overtime victory. Players were so excited that they started dancing, he said.
“Coach [Mike] Stoops was saying how this game was a classic and will be talked about for a long time to come,” Parker said.
This is the second time Parker has mentioned being close to committing to the Sooners. In June, Parker’s teammate, wide receiver Jordan Smallwood, committed to OU after getting an offer. Parker said he thought about joining Smallwood but waited then as well.
Once again he is choosing to wait. With an offer from Alabama and increasing interest from USC, among other schools, Parker is quickly becoming one of the top in-state prospects to watch in 2014.
Parker will now turn his attention toward the state championship. Coincidentally enough, Oklahoma state championships are played at OSU’s Boone Pickens Stadium.
“It’s going to be my first time to showcase my skills at OSU,” Parker said. “One of my goals is to play in the state championship. Now I’ve got that chance.”
Jenks plays Norman (Okla.) North at 7:30 p.m. Friday.