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Parker makes pick

Warren (Ohio) Harding defensive end Marlin Parker is the latest star from Harding to make up his mind. While he won't be joining two of his teammates in the Big 10, he's happy with his decision nonetheless.
"I'm heading to Toledo," Parker, who is 6-foot-2 and 232 pounds, said. "I did it a few weeks ago, but I've not told too many people about it. I'm really excited about the pick. It's one of the best academic schools in the nation, and I think I have a good opportunity to play as a freshman.
"It's got it all. It's the perfect fit."
Parker was also offered by Indiana, Boston College and Akron said he was hoping that West Virginia or Penn State would come through with an offer, but when he couldn't make it to camps this summer, he kind of fell down a few school's list. But not Toledo, which offered him in late July.
"Chris Hedden recruited me," Parker said. "He's real cool. I also like the head coach. He's great. They're all really good coaches, and I just felt right with Toledo. I was hoping for West Virginia, but some stuff happened because I couldn't make it to camp.
"Besides, I'd rather go with the team that wanted me from the start. That best school is Toledo."
Parker has 17 tackles and one sack during his senior season.
"We bounced back this week after losing to Glenville with a win over Akron Butchel," Parker said. "I've played well this season, but I have had to do everything on the defensive line. We have two good tackles, but not another good end, so I've had to move around and play a number of different areas. Teams have been running away from me."
Parker is ranked as the No. 45 player in Ohio by Rivals.com
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