Five from Friday: Parker passes potential 

October, 8, 2012
Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comClass of 2014 RB Devon Thomas rushed for 33 yards on 14 carries on Friday night.
1. No more talk of potential for 2014 defensive back Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks). Parker was a virtual unknown before earning an Oklahoma offer in May. With the way he’s playing now, he is showing why he is among the best prospects in the state. Parker has taken the transition from cornerback to safety in stride, and he was a force in Jenks’ 24-7 win at Broken Arrow, Okla. He had nine tackles, two pass breakups and helped cause a fumble. He said he feels more confident this season, and it’s showing with how comfortable he is at making the calls on defense. It’s tough to say Oklahoma State and Alabama are only his other two offers, but with his ability, three offers definitely doesn’t seem like enough at this point.

2. Another 2014 name to be on the watch for is athlete Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North). Farmer was impressive in spot duty in a 41-33 comeback victory against Yukon, Okla. He rushed for 57 yards on nine carries and had two touchdowns. What impressed most was the bulk of those 57 yards came in the fourth quarter when Edmond North needed it most. Edmond North entered the fourth quarter trailing 33-24 before rallying for the win. Farmer was offered by Arizona State on Sunday but is a big OU fan and said he is going to attend every home game this season. Saturday, obviously, is not a home game, but he said he will be in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry game. You can debate whether or not he is a running back or linebacker at the next level; what you cannot debate is his ability to make plays.
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