Three-star Summerville (Ga.) defensive back and
Jarod Parrish says he was
completely caught off guard Thursday by news that Crimson Tide coach Dennis
Franchione was leaving for the post at Texas A&M.
"It's a shock," he said. "I didn't hear anything
about it. I had no idea it was coming. I thought (Franchione) was going to
be my coach, so it's pretty disappointing. I made a commitment to him, and
now he's not going to be there for me."
Parrish (6-1, 185, 4.47) is a member of the Rivals.com
Top 50 team and one of the top-ranked safety prospects in the
South. He said he needed some time to evaluate the situation.
"I'm going to sit down with my family and talk about
what I need to do," he said. "I guess you could say I'm keeping my options
open. I may look at some other schools now, maybe Tennessee, Vanderbilt and
Middle Tennessee. Those are some of the others who were recruiting me pretty
He added that Alabama assistant coach Mark
Tommerdahl called him earlier Thursday, but was unable to answer many of the
questions he had.
"I just wanted to know what was going on, and he
really couldn't tell me much," Parrish said. "It was very confusing."