- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Idaho added a junior college talent to its 2013 recruiting class today, as cornerback Delency Parham (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) committed to the Vandals.
While coach Paul Petrino sealed the deal, an assistant coach who is no longer a part of the Idaho staff set the commitment in motion.
"Coach [Torey] Hunter was the first coach to reach out to me," Parham said of the Vandals' former cornerbacks coach. "He showed the new staff my film and Coach Petrino said I was their No. 1 DB recruit."
An early offer from New Mexico State had the Aggies in front for Parham, but when talk of playing safety emerged, the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back had second thoughts.
"Idaho said I could play corner, which is what I want to do," Parham said. "They like to apply a lot of pressure and are looking to run a lot of man coverages, which is what I've really been working on. They like my ability to play off-man and press-man."
Parham has developed a good relationship with the new staff at Idaho, as several coaches have made in-home visits with his mother and he speaks with Petrino on an almost daily basis. He will take an official visit Friday to Idaho and sign his letter of intent next Wednesday. Parham will have two years to play two for the Vandals.
Parham, who tallied 46 tackles and two interceptions this season, is commitment No. 7 for Idaho's Class of 2013.