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Mitchell Parsons decommits from CU

10/25/2012

Three-star tight end Mitchell Parsons (Parker, Colo./Chaparral) and Colorado are no longer an item. At least for now.

Parsons gave the word to Colorado coaches that he planned to not only take official visits to other schools but also consider other options. Parsons has been offered by Arizona State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Northern Colorado, and California, Washington and Oklahoma have been showing interest.

“I talked to the coaches [Wednesday] before I announced everything,” said Parsons, who announced via Twitter that he no longer is committed to the Buffaloes. “Some of the stress has been lifted, but a lot of it has been put back on. My Twitter feed blew up.”

Parsons, 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, said he heard from Washington, Colorado State and Vanderbilt after announcing he was a free agent again. He’s scheduled an official visit with Cal for the weekend of Dec. 7, and he’s working on setting up an official with Washington.

As for Colorado, Parsons said the door isn’t shut on him wearing a Buffaloes uniform next year.

“They’re not ruled out; this was really tough for me,” he said. “It’s been on my brain for a while, but I have a good relationship with the coaches. I was up there on the time. They actually referred to me as their recruiting coordinator because I was working so hard to get kids to buy in.

“My mindset’s changed a little bit. The coaches are great dudes, but the next five years of my life will affect the rest of my life, and I want to make sure I’m 100 percent with the right decision.”