Monday, April 1, 2013
Ohio State sends offer to unlikely state
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State’s defense is based on speed, and the Buckeyes will go anywhere to find it.
And that includes Oklahoma, a state Ohio State rarely recruits.
Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) picked up an offer from the Buckeyes. That the ESPN Watch List safety nabbed the interest of Ohio State isn’t that big of a surprise as he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
Cornerback Steven Parker is believed to be the first player from Oklahoma to get an offer from Ohio State in almost a decade.
That he’s from Oklahoma is a bit of a shocker because it is believed nose tackle Craig Roark of Ada High School was the last from the Sooner State to pick up an offer from the Buckeyes, and that was in 2005.
Parker is the 13th safety offered from the Class of 2014 and the ninth from the Watch List. As a junior, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Parker recorded 52 tackles and registered three interceptions, although the opposition stayed away from him, for the most part.
He’s a safety in demand, especially in the Midwest. He already has 15 offers.
Those showing Parker “full-ride” interest are Alabama, Arizona State, Memphis, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
USC is also showing interest.
The Buckeyes might have a long way to go in grabbing Parker as their secondary -- especially from the Class of 2013 -- is loaded.
Among signees from this year’s seniors are ESPN 150 defensive backs Eli Apple (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern), Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) and ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic).
Watch List cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) is also already a part of the Class of 2014 for Ohio State as well.