Every year Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater seems to have at least one Division I prospect that is a defensive back and this year is no different. Safety Michael Parker had a fantastic NIKE camp in Tallahassee and several programs have taken notice.
"I have offers from Kentucky, Clemson and South Florida," Parker said. "Florida State, South Carolina, Florida, Ole Miss, Louisville and Virginia all came by and called in May and have been sending a lot of mail."
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Parker attended the NIKE camp in Tallahassee where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, had a 4.22 second shuttle, posted a 30-inch vertical jump and did eight reps on the bench press.
"Right now Kentucky, Florida State, Virginia and Clemson are my top four," Parker said. "I'm also looking at Florida and South Florida too. I would have to say that Kentucky is recruiting me the hardest. They send me stuff everyday and were the first to call me in May and everything."
As a junior Parker helped to lead Edgewater to the class 6A state title game for the second consecutive year, though they came up short both times.
"I'm going to wait and take my official visits and look around and stuff before I make a decision," Parker said. "Guys at Edgewater don't typically make early decisions, I don't know why we just don't. I think we all like to check everything out first."
In addition to attending the Tallahassee NIKE camp, the only other camp Parker has attended this summer was at the University of Virginia. He said that he has not plans to attend any others.
"I am looking for a school with a good program first and foremost," Parker said. "I think that is obviously very important. I want to look at the academic programs of a school as well. I really kind of want to red-shirt so playing time is not a big factor for me. Distance doesn't really matter to me either."