A week after four-star tight end Mitchell Parsons parted ways with Colorado, the dust that was kicked up around his recruitment is starting to settle. The noise that briefly engulfed his de-commitment has died down and the short sprint of college coaches racing to get involved with him has slowed to a jog.
As of now, Parsons holds just four scholarship offers. The limited list is, of course, the product of his decision to commit to Colorado early in the process. The whole mess has left things a little backwards for the No. 10 high school tight end in America. His first two official visits will be to schools that have yet to offer, even if such a fact feels like a mere formality.
Parsons will visit California on Dec. 7 and Washington on Dec. 14. He'll do so in hopes that an offer will come, but Parsons doesn't seem worried about the possibility of missing on a chance to join either team. After being considered a CU commit for half a calendar year, there are certain new hurdles to navigate. He's long since come to terms with them.
"Arizona State hasn't talked to me since I committed," Parsons, who once held a Sun Devils offer, said. "They have tight end commits now, so I just assume they have the spots filled. I wasn't expecting many schools since it's so late in the process, but I guess I was expecting a little bit more."
Schools that seem to be interested in Parsons with three months to go until signing day include Ole Miss and Vanderbilt in addition to Washington and Cal.
"I think I'm close (to an offer) with Washington and Cal," Parsons said. "Oklahoma is calling me this week, but that's all that's going on so far."
Offers from Ole Miss and Vanderbilt that came in before Parsons' commitment to the Buffs still stand, and visits on that front are being looked at. The Commodores' coaching staff has invited Parsons to Nashville on Jan 14 and talks about a trip to Oxford, Miss., are also ongoing.
"I called Ole Miss last night," Parsons said. "I think I want to take a visit there. They asked me to, but I need to sit down with my parents an talk about that to see if I'll be able to."
Parsons still has all five official visits at his disposal, leaving him the ability to take three more trips in addition to his scheduled ones to Washington and Cal. He does not intend to wait until signing day to make a decision and says he will decide shortly after he wraps up his travel.
"I love the schools I've been talking to," Parsons said. "I like all of them, so I think how the visits go is going to be big.
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