Ricky Parks commits to Auburn over UGA and Alabama (UPDATED)

Auburn "Wildcat Formation QB"? Parks will play TE or H-Back at Auburn, and may get a little time behind center (Photo by UGASports.com's Radi Nabulsi)

Auburn's "Wildcat" QB? Parks will play TE or H-Back at Auburn, and may get a little time behind center (Photo by UGASports.com's Radi Nabulsi)

BREAKING NEWS: UGA picks up commitment No. 7 with Quayvon Hicks on Friday night (go here for story)

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Ricky Parks, who is ranked among the nation’s top college football prospects at tight end, committed to Auburn over UGA and Alabama.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will be the second player from Georgia’s Callaway High School in two years headed to Auburn, following teammate and RB Quan Bray, who signed with the SEC school last February. Parks is also the second Georgia recruit to join Auburn’s 2012 recruiting class, along with Creekside defensive back Josh Holsey. (go here for Holsey)

Parks picked Auburn because of his close friendship with the coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the staff, the program’s success as the 2010 BCS champions, and Auburn’s football plans for him. Parks is expected to compete for immediate playing time at tight end or H-Back, and may also play in the Wildcat QB formation.

“Ricky runs very well, and has outstanding size and strength,” Callaway coach Pete Wiggins said recently. “He is a versatile athlete and can play many positions on the field. Obviously, we use him at quarterback, and he’s our free safety on defense. I think he could play defensive end, linebacker and even tight end for us — and play all those positions very well.”

Parks was also praised by his coach for his leadership. “Ricky is a leader on the field and at our school. He does well with his academics. He carries himself well in practices, as well as in games. As I told our coaches, Ricky is like having a coach on the field. He demands a great work ethic out of his teammates. He is just everything you’d want in a player on your team.”

RELATED

  • DB Travis Blanks of Tallahassee, Fla., committed to Clemson on Friday, one day after making an unofficial visit to UGA. Blanks announced his college decision on Twitter, saying, “Tiger town baby.” He also thank the ACC school’s supporters via social media: “Getting major love from the Clemson family and fans! Just talked to QB Tajh Boyd, and safety Jonathan Meeks.” Blanks picked Clemson over Auburn, Alabama, UGA and Texas Christian. He told the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat that he decided on Clemson after three days of camping there: “It’s not even about football. With the relationships I’ve built there, I felt more comfortable there than any other place. I believe in them and they believe in me. It’s a small city. It’s a great school. Everyone I talked to was so passionate about it. I think it’s a nice place.” Interesting: Blanks said he still plans to visit TCU next month, and said he informed the Clemson coaches about the trip.

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bigtime

June 10th, 2011
5:16 pm

Good luck to Ricky Parks, good pickup for awbarn.

bigtime

June 10th, 2011
5:16 pm

first, and second

bigtime

June 10th, 2011
5:17 pm

RRTDawgs

June 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

UGA is in trouble now first Ricky Parks i saw coming but Travis Blanks to Clemson is a big blow something is very wrong with they way Richt has handled this 2012 class no excuses with it being a small class dawgs are in trouble Richt has feel a sleep at the wheel in 2012 class i have had it with defending him i am very angry with this program right now .

JAWJeRDAWG

June 10th, 2011
5:21 pm

Good luck to the young man, both in the classroom and on the gridiron. .. Go Dawgs!

Bobby Louder

June 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

Classroom? Sure.

War Eagle

June 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

Welcome to the Plains Mr. Parks! There will be people questioning your decisin as they think they know what is best for you, but as long as you are happy and feel comfortable…welcome aboard!

AUtigressPen

June 10th, 2011
5:24 pm

War Eagle Mr. Parks. If Coach Chikzik and your HS coach think so much of you, I know you will make a great Auburn man. You will love being an Auburn Tiger!!

Who cares (the orginial)

June 10th, 2011
5:27 pm

I thought UGA got any recruit they wanted.

Go Jackets!!!

Saban

June 10th, 2011
5:27 pm

Oh well. Auburn just had more money.

Understand Georgia only offered 60,000 krispy kreme`s and Richt`s new book. “Idiot fans and how to sucker them into paying 3 million a year”.

Frank Lane

June 10th, 2011
5:29 pm

Not as much room for him at UGA.

Ed Pilcher

June 10th, 2011
5:32 pm

DOH!!!!!! UGA and UA coaching staffs are asleep at the switch once more!! Either that. or they just don’t have the money to pay him that Auburn does. I’m betting that neither of their offer sheets matched Auburn’s.

thetruth

June 10th, 2011
5:33 pm

Welcome to the Plains Ricky!! It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!!! Great things ahead for you young man!!

WDE!!

Red&Black

June 10th, 2011
5:40 pm

We are already set at TE. No big deal….

valley boy32

June 10th, 2011
5:42 pm

whats up with these atl and surrounding county kids going else where other than tech or uga why not build your state brand up first might as well call this state anyone other than tech or uga

valley boy32

June 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

do kids in atl know anything about uga or if uga exist just curious

There are other Tight ends that are better then

June 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

Not missing much.

AJC Sports

June 10th, 2011
5:48 pm

Again. PLEASE do not make personal attacks SPECIFICALLY on Ricky Parks simply because he did not commit to another school. The comments will be deleted and you will be banned from making further comments. Otherwise, carry on with the conversation and debate. Thanks.

UGAKEV

June 10th, 2011
5:49 pm

lmao…Whatever guys this kid would of got no playing time at UGA. You sign your recruits in February of 2012 , not June of 2011. As long as we win the recruiting will take care of itself …GO DAWGS!

bigtime

June 10th, 2011
5:50 pm

RRTDawgs…. Dawg fans said the same thing about UGA’s recruiting practices last year. Relax. Auburn* appears to have a pipeline to Calloway HS and with all the TEs at UGA, there’s no way that Parks would want to go there.

As far as Blanks goes, his committment was a complete suprise. He had recently said that he would not commit this summer and then, boom, he’s a Clemson Tiger. It was thought to be between awbarn* and UGA but he just seemed impressed with the coaches at Clemson more. If they don’t win this year, the coaches may not even be at Clemson. A lot can change between now and NSD. Roll Tide

THEHILLISREAL

June 10th, 2011
5:50 pm

That is interesting pick… I thought Bama would’ve been obvious choice. But they use there TE as extra blocker. If I’m not mistaken was that not the same line they ran about C.J Uzomah… will play TE and see time under center in the wildcat. So has C.J move to QB?

UGAKEV

June 10th, 2011
5:51 pm

lmao…Whatever guys this kid would of got no playing time at UGA. You sign your recruits in February of 2012 , not June of 2011. As long as we win Football games the recruiting will take care of itself …GO DAWGS!

Dawg 1

June 10th, 2011
5:51 pm

Wish the young man well, except for four games during his career

Hoofty

June 10th, 2011
5:56 pm

I’m just curious about the “close friendship” he already has with Chizik. Not an SEC fan at all, but just curious….

Paddy

June 10th, 2011
5:56 pm

Dawgs would have loved to have him. But he likes AU. Good luck and we wish you well.

VA DAWG

June 10th, 2011
6:00 pm

Trooper Taylor is making it rain$$$$$$$

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RRTDawgs

June 10th, 2011
6:00 pm

Hey bigtime UGA just needs to hope to have a winning season the problem for us is these recruits are committing early and that is not giving us a enough time i just don’t know how this class will turn out we need linemen it just is not looking good Parks i can understand but its up in the air with rest of our targets .

ATLZebraDawg

June 10th, 2011
6:06 pm

RRTDawgs

From what I’ve read from you regarding the UGA 2012 recruiting class, you’re either a troll or as close as there is in being one. I take it, that everybody but you, expected Parks was going to Auburn lol and as for Blanks…well, that was a surprise in the announcement being that he’s in Athens after his visit to Clemson. Regardless, I seriously doubt CMR and his staff are struggling with this year’s recruiting class because you don’t have a clue…just saying!

mike

June 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

Good luck young man, Georgia has a wealth of T/E’s. Didn’t really need him.

TampaDawg

June 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

Ricky Parks is awesome but I think it hurts worse to have Travis Blanks stop by and then commit to Clemson today. Gotta wonder about that. Many thought he was a UGA lean.

rs

June 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

UGA will get the players they want.They just didnt want him that bad.

BG

June 10th, 2011
6:12 pm

Auburn is giving $$$ away like it’s candy.

ricky rockstar

June 10th, 2011
6:13 pm

Cant wait for Auburn to go down. I will party for months

Dale

June 10th, 2011
6:14 pm

A smart move by the kid. He’ll play for a winning team and get a real education, neither of which would happen in Athens.

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

June 10th, 2011
6:14 pm

I too DECLINE any offers of football scholarships from that worthless school known as Cheating Academy, AKA UGA!

Still@theBAR

June 10th, 2011
6:15 pm

They now have a name for what A Murray did last season. It is called “A Magic LeBron”. You know disappearing in the 4th quarter.

rhall55

June 10th, 2011
6:18 pm

RRTDawgs is right!! I’m fed up with the recruiting of this year’s class; not a commitment since 04/28/11; are they still on vacation? Ricky Parks to Auburn was no surprise; Trooper Taylor outrecruited everybody on UGA’s staff!! But Travis Blanks to Clemson; UGA should have wrapped him up; Josh Holsey gone to AU; Geno Smith will be there also and do not blame it on last year’s class as AU, AL, CU and FSU had outstanding clasees and will this year also!!! Many times, CMR and UGA lose too much outstanding talent!!! BTW: AL picked up a WR (some compare him to Sidney Rice) in SC today!! As Vince Lombardi said “What the hell is going out there”!!! “They’ve been snoozing and they are losing”!!!
Remember, it takes multiple great recruiting classes to win Championships!!! Better win early!!!

dynamicbigboy

June 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

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Pitbull

June 10th, 2011
6:21 pm

He is going to a school that is going to be hit big time for NCAA violations. Very dumb move indeed!

dynamicbigboy

June 10th, 2011
6:22 pm

Hey Still@theBar, if you didn’t see how good AM was and how much better he will be with year of experience then you better stay at the Bar, because you obviously will NEVER be able to Pass The Bar.

dawggone

June 10th, 2011
6:24 pm

we dont want needer won of dem boys, we wont dem jr colege boys, hell they are ready got 2 years drinking pabst blue ribone, that what iM TALKING BOUT.

dawgster

June 10th, 2011
6:25 pm

@RRTDawgs…just relax…its a long time till NSD and alot of things can change from now to then…Obvisously a very good season will help, but its like this, if these guys don’t want to be dawgs then you just have to wish them luck and keep working on relationships with these guys…The dawgs will do just fine, but I do agree I am surprised that our outstanding class from last season has not carried over at this time….I know the coaches are working hard, anyone claiming they aren’t doesn’t have a clue about coaching or our staff…Face it we are going to lose alot of very good in state talent due to our depth at certain positions and our limited number of scholarships…You are letting these AJC articles that always manage to say how the dawgs got jilted weigh on you too much….I think you may see some positive things after this weekend…go dawgs

GR82BAG8R

June 10th, 2011
6:26 pm

Anytime a kid is offered a scholarship to trade talent for a degree is great news. Perhaps the AJC needs to keep a tally of the top in-state prospects at each position, by rank, and see how Georgia is faring at recruiting them. Georgia has no in-state competition for the blue chippers, so it should be a piece of cake to stockpile a stable of talent that would be the envy of the nation…

dylandawg

June 10th, 2011
6:27 pm

yes, very worried about this year’s class….why there is only 3 weeks, no wait 6 weeks,,no wait 3months,,,no wait,,,,8 months until signing day…………..no way we can recover form losing this player….maybe next year

ATLZebraDawg

June 10th, 2011
6:27 pm

June 10th, 2011
6:06 pm

RRTDawgs

From what I’ve read from you regarding the UGA 2012 recruiting class, you’re either a troll or as close as there is in being one. I take it, that everybody but you, expected Parks was going to Auburn lol and as for Blanks…well, that was a surprise in the announcement being that he’s in Athens after his visit to Clemson. Regardless, I seriously doubt CMR and his staff are struggling with this year’s recruiting class because you don’t have a clue…just saying

Should’ve read (Blanks…well, that was a surprise in the announcement being that he’d just stopped by in Athens.)

RRTDawgs

June 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

Hey dawgster i will try relax but my patients is wearing thin obviously not offering these kids early has hurt our chances i hope your right UGA just needs to have a positive season its makes me angry to see this great talent leave the state .

JAWJeRDAWG

June 10th, 2011
6:37 pm

@ RRTDawgs

Keep the faith, Ryan! It’s still early and we might some good recruiting news after this weekend.

dawgster stated it well; our coaches are working hard to get us the recruits we need.

ATLZebraDawg, you follow these blogs often? I’ll asure you, RRTDawgs is NOT a troll. I believe he’s had to change his blog handle at least twice over the years. He’s as die-hard a dawg fan as anyone posting. .. Go Dawgs!

Augusta Dawg

June 10th, 2011
6:40 pm

RRT DAWGS and people that think like him are idiots. I don’t understand bashing uga and it’s coaching staff when we don’t get every recruit from the state of Georgia. I doubt TE was high on the list of positions this year. CMR has not forgot how to coach or recruit. Even if he has, bashing Georgia and CMR every day won’t help. GO DAWGS.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 10th, 2011
6:40 pm

I wonder if the paper in Alabama says that Bama. lost a recruit to auburn? Makes me wonder if the guy writing this column might just have a little too much yellow and black to be impartial. Either way though, wish the kid luck, and he chose what he thinks is right for him. We need and will get the OL and WR help we need this year. And the biggest surprise of all to some of you; we will fill our needs with quality recruits. UGA can’t get everybody, although it appears some of you expect them to do that. If, at the end of the recruiting season for 2012 (Feb. 2012), UGA doesn’t have what it needs for that year, then you can gripe to high heavens. Until then, let’s just back our team now, instead of lending fire to all the negative posters on here. They just love it, when a backer of UGA has negative things to say about the team, coaches and school.

GO DAWGS