Parsons surprised by new offer

Mitchell Parsons never talked to Ole Miss, never heard from the new coaching staff and then he had an offer from the Rebels.
It came as a complete surprise to the Parker (Colo.) Chaparral tight end but Parsons is definitely excited and wants to learn more about the program.
"I had no clue," Parsons said. "On Friday, coach (Maurice) Harris messaged me and said he wanted me to call him. I called him Saturday morning and he said they wanted to offer me. Within the first minute of the first conversation of talking to him they offered so I had no clue.
"I was blown away. For most of the schools I've talked to it's been a long, drawn-out evaluation. They want to get to know me. Ole Miss never met me and never talked to me before.
"It was the first offer from an SEC school. I've talked to three other SEC schools but I don't think they're close to offering. They have a new coaching staff, it's in the SEC and so it's exciting. I was not expecting it."
Arizona State, Colorado State and Vanderbilt have been showing increased interest in Parsons, a four-star tight end who also has an offer from Colorado. He's also been talking to Tennessee and Arkansas in the SEC among many other programs.
In his junior season, Parsons finished with 35 receptions for 634 yards and five touchdowns.
Because he's trying to win a state championship in basketball, Parsons hasn't been too focused on football recruiting but it's picking up fast and more schools are getting involved all the time.
An upcoming trip to Arizona State is in the works.
"I was supposed to visit Oklahoma and Oklahoma State two weeks from now but that got cancelled," Parsons said. "My grandparents live in Tempe so I'm going to take a visit to ASU in late March.
"I haven't been focusing on the whole recruiting thing lately. I've been focusing on a state championship in basketball so I'm trying to get that done first."