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Big change brings big offers for Parker

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To say Manvel (Texas) wide receiver Kyrion Parker has sort of come out of nowhere this spring would be a bit of an understatement. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior went from a complete unknown to almost double-digit offers in a matter of a few weeks.
"I have offers from Louisiana Tech, UTSA, LSU, Utah, Illinois, Texas Tech and ULALA," Parker said on Tuesday evening. "Arkansas is going to offer me tomorrow in person. Houston is going to offer me this week too, I think."
Though Manvel advanced to the Class 4A state title game a year ago, Parker was not a part of that team. In fact, he did not play at all as a junior at his previous school.
"I came over to Manvel not too long ago (from Houston Lamar)," he said. "My first offer came about two weeks after I got here, so it was probably about a month ago.
"I wasn't able to play last year because I had gotten hurt. I don't have any film or anything like that. I've gone to some camps and then schools have seen me out at practice and I guess they liked me."
With several teammates holding multiple offers and attracting attention from college recruiters, Parker was able to take advantage of the situation.
"The coaches have come out to see a lot of the guys on our team since there are so many really good players here," he said. "Then they noticed me. I have just tried to be me and show them that I'm a good player too and I guess they liked me. It's surprised me a lot - it's nice that people believed in me."
The athletic receiver is not only new to Manvel High School, he is also relatively new to the state of Texas. He has landed on the radar of the main school in his former home state as well.
"I'm from Missouri originally," Parker said. "I moved to Texas about two or three years ago from St. Peters in Missouri. I've been talking to Mizzou a little bit. They'll be down tomorrow and if things go well hopefully they'll offer me."
As for early favorites, Parker does admit that a few of the schools to have offered him stand out at the moment. He is especially interested in the first two programs to take notice of him.
"I like a few schools right now," he said. "I like LSU, Utah, Louisiana Tech and Texas Tech. Louisiana Tech, I like them because they were the first ones to offer me. They believed in me when I didn't have anything. They also run the same style of offense as us.
"LSU, I like them a lot because they were the second school to offer me. That means a lot because they're a big-time school that was just in the BCS championship game and they took a chance on me. There's a lot of tradition there."
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