Texas A&M Football: Why Kyrion Parker Is Hidden Gem of Aggies' 2013 Class

Ian BergCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2013

Photo via 247Sports
Photo via 247Sports

Texas A&M pulled in a very impressive class during the 2013 recruiting cycle. 

The most loaded position group in this class is no doubt the receiving corps. The Aggies landed Ricky Seals-Jones, JaQuay Williams and Sebastian LaRue to name a few.

One player that will join the Aggies this summer as a receiver but received little fanfare is Kyrion Parker. Parker is rated as the No. 45 receiver in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. 

The Aggies were able to land talent at every skill position and the coaches picked up a lot of defensive talent to help shore up losses that came this offseason on the defense. 

The focus for the offense was getting talented bodies for Johnny Manziel to throw to. This coaching staff did exactly that when it landed Kyrion Parker. 

Parker is a lengthy receiver that will come to College Station at 6’3” and close to 200 pounds. 

He has great hands and shows the ability to ignore traffic to make tough catches. He is not a speedster, but he has enough top-end speed to make plays on the outside when asked to. 

As a blocker, Parker is elite. He will be a huge asset for the Kevin Sumlin offense on the outside. The zone-read relies on solid perimeter blocking, and Parker will be able to provide that skill the minute he walks on campus. 

He has great route adjustment while finding holes in zone coverage, and he has enough size on his body to leverage for the ball in man coverage. Parker won’t be a shifty receiver after the catch, but he will be able to make plays once he has the football in his hands. 

Last season, the Aggies saw Mike Evans step in and become the leading receiver in the offense using his size to battle opposing defenses. Parker will be that type of player for the Aggies as well. 

This is a receiver that has the power to push through defenders and gain extra yards, and he can be a skill guy that runs precision routes. Parker will be overlooked with the haul that the Aggies got at receiver in this class, but in a few years he will be a regular name in the offense. 

Johnny Manziel favored Evans last year. When the Aggies add another big body to the fold this season, the offense will continue to be one of the most explosive in the country.