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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.”
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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