When you've got the recruiting options that four-star rated Rivals250 defensive end Alex Parsons has, it can be tough to concentrate on anything else – let alone a big upcoming senior season.
Parsons wants to maintain that winning attitude while also sorting through an incredible list of offers that includes USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington among others. The No. 13 rated defensive end wants to be clear about one thing and that is that he has some clear cut leaders.
"Yes, UCLA and USC are still the ones," Parsons said about his favorites. "I'm trying to get a winning season together though. I'm really focused on the season because I'm trying to put a winning one together."
His leaders have remained solid at the top because not only are the right around the corner, but they're programs that Parsons has been impressed with since he began watching the sport.
"USC, they've one two national championships and that's why they're up there," Parsons said. "I mean they've also put together top recruiting classes every year. UCLA, I'll be honest, I really like them because they're right next to my house practically."
"My friends could come see me play and plus they've got great academics along with USC."
While his favorites are clear, his decision timeframe is not.
"I don't really have a timeline yet," Parsons said. "I mean I'm thinking the end of the season will be when I make it. I plan on taking all my trips first and then making my choice."
Though he hasn't thought about officials, he's going to take an unofficial visit this weekend to one of his favorites.
"I'm going to the USC scrimmage this weekend and I'll probably talk to them about setting up some trips in the fall," Parsons said. "I'll call UCLA probably next week or sometime later this month about theirs."
Two other schools are possibilities. One is Washington, but the other is a school that is completely off the radar.
"Most likely, I'll visit Kentucky," he said. "My brother goes there and I'd like to go and see him on a visit. I'm still thinking about Washington but I don't know if I want to see that school or not."
Parsons is rated as the No. 23 overall prospect in California. He was a first-team all-league selection during his junior season that included seven sacks and two interceptions.