[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]Central (AL) 2023 defensive end Tomarrion Parker has been on the national scene ever since his sophomore season ended. Now with Parker going into his senior season, his recruitment is starting to take focus. The four-star talent breaks down where his recruitment stands going into summer practice.
The talented Parker is receiving interest from all over the nation, but certain schools are standing out above the rest. Tennessee and Florida are “definitely” the teams standing out currently. Penn State and Michigan State have a chance to leave an impression on the defensive lineman this summer with official visits lined up. “[I’m visiting] Penn State on June 17th and Michigan State on June 24th.” With his high school playing in the highest class of Alabama high school football, Parker believes that gives him the ability to make an immediate impact. “[Playing in the top class] has definitely helped. Our coaching staff’s resume is crazy, and has a lot of experience. My knowledge of the game is far ahead of anyone in the class, and I’m betting on that.”
Among those four schools, Tennessee has been recruiting him the longest. The Vols were Parker’s second offer, and Josh Heupel and his staff have made him a priority. Defensive line coach Rodney Garner is leading the way for the Vols’ push for the star defensive end. “Me and Coach G got a good relationship. He also has a great relationship with my folks which is good as well. We talk each week to keep up.”
The interest the Vols are showing has left a big impact on Tomarrion Parker, who recently returned the favor by visiting for the big Junior Day called Rocky Topalooza. Here Parker was able to spend the weekend with Tennessee coaches, commits, and other targets. “The visit went great. I had a great time with coaches and recruits, not talking about ball at all. What stood out most was the vibe on campus, Everyone had fun, and I felt as if I could be myself while I was there.”
Parker followed the visit to Knoxville up with one to Gainesville. Florida’s efforts have made a major impression on him, and that trend continued during his visit. Parker says, “the communication and just the effort they put into recruiting me definitely” is what has stood out about Florida’s staff. This visit kept Florida at the top of the list and this recruitment is shaping up to be a battle between the Vols and Gators. Parker plans on making a decision early into his senior football season at Central (AL).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]