One of the top programs in the state of Louisiana, if not the country, is gearing up for a defense of its 2007 state championship in Louisiana's 5A classification. Destrehan High School will be reloading a immensely talented offensive unit and returning a defense that was dominant. A big piece of the defensive puzzle is cornerback Antonio Parker.
Though he has yet to receive his first offer, Parker has been working hard over the summer in hopes that one is soon on the way.
"A lot of colleges are still looking," Parker said. "No offers yet. My grades have been picked up so I guess the offers should be coming. I'm hearing from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Alabama, Louisiana Tech. I got a couple letters from Nebraska, Kansas State and Alabama State. I'm just working out and trying to get better."
Parker has performed well at some of the camps he has attended but he is focused on continuing to improve his weaknesses.
"I'm just working on my speed," he said. "I ran a 4.5 at the camp in Mobile and in New Orleans I ran a 4.7 and I'm working on breaking on the ball quicker."
Just as he is trying to improve personally, Parker is hoping to see his team continue to improve and prepare for a state championship defense.
"We're trying to repeat and get back to The Dome," he said. "We didn't lose any players on defense and on offense, regardless of how many players we lost, we've got the same talent that's just as good waiting to step in. It's the same environment."
When the offers do start coming in, Parker has three schools in particular in mind that he would like to see offer: Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Kansas State.
"Kansas State because I talked to one of their coaches on the internet and they were telling me how they were trying to get a lot of seniors and not JUCO players," he said. "Last year they got a lot of JUCO players so this year they want high school players. He said they need a lot of cornerback help and they were interested in me.
"Mississippi State because I want to be an architect and they have that program. And I talked to Sylverster Croom and I like what he's saying and he says if you're good enough, you can play."