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Friday, July 20, 2012
Manvel teammates Garner, Parker, solid with Texas A&M commitment

By Sam Khan Jr.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Spending Friday afternoon just a stone's throw away from the facilities that they plan to spend most of the next four-to-five years in, Manvel (Texas) High School standouts Tavares Garner and Kyrion Parker reiterated their intentions to play for Texas A&M.

Garner, a 5-10, 165-pound cornerback who's ranked 46th nationally at his position, said Friday that he has picked up an offer from Notre Dame and has been conversing with Texas co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Major Applewhite, but that it matters little.

"I don't have any thoughts on it," Garner said of Notre Dame's and Texas' interest in him. "I'm solid to Texas A&M."

The Aggies' membership in the Southeastern Conference carries a lot of weight for Garner.

"SEC, it doesn't get bigger than that," he said. "That's the best conference really. All the best talent is there, speed, physicality, that's where I want to be."

Parker, a 6-2, 195-pound receiver who decommitted from LSU in June and committed to Texas A&M eight days later, said he remains solid in his decision to head to Aggieland.

"I'm just keeping it basic, just Aggies," he said. "That's what I'm looking forward to."

Spending time on campus as he and his Manvel teammates competed on Friday in the Texas Division I state 7-on-7 championships was something that Parker enjoyed.

"It's a great feeling," he said. "I love this place. It's so welcoming and friendly. It's just a great environment to be at and I'm looking forward to coming here."

Both said that they were happy to not only be heading to Texas A&M, but to do so as teammates.

"It means a lot," Parker said. "It means I'll have support when times get hard and you need that one person to keep your head straight and headstrong. We just need to hold each other accountable and do our thing."

Said Garner: "That's a blessing. We're going to go up there and have fun together."