Steven Parker, an elite 4-star safety talent in the class of 2014, has made his decision to play his college football at Oklahoma, according to Joey Helmer of OU Insider:
Steven Parker announces he's going to Oklahoma. #Sooners— Joey Helmer (@joeyhelmer10) February 4, 2014
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Parker is regarded as the No. 108 overall talent in the nation, the No. 9-ranked recruit at his position and the second-best prospect overall in the state of Oklahoma.
Head coach Bob Stoops was fortunate to add the Jenks High School product to his impressive crop of talent. Parker may not be the crown jewel of his 2014 class, but he will certainly be an important addition who should make an early impact on defense.
The 6’2”, 188-pound Parker was considering Auburn, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oklahoma State per 247Sports —while also having offers from a number of other powerhouse programs—before choosing the Sooners.
Parker has elite size for the safety position and complements it with great speed and athleticism. He always knows where the ball is and has demonstrated the ability to go up and get it at the highest point when in coverage.
While he’s not going to light up running backs or bulldoze any blockers just yet due to his slender frame and less-than-ideal strength, the young man is still an effective tackler, as 247Sports grades him an eight out of 10 in that area. Most importantly, though, he will make a difference in coverage.
How will Parker fare at the collegiate level?
He can quickly cover ground to shut down his man or avoid giving up the big play. He’s smart and disciplined, which is exactly what coaches are looking for when recruiting players who will eventually be the only thing standing between an opponent and scoring a touchdown.
Parker has to put some weight on and continue developing his frame, but that is nothing some weight training and a meal program can’t address.
Don’t be surprised to see Parker making a huge difference on defense in the near future, as this kid is too talented to wait on the sidelines for very long.