No player saw their stock rise more since the end of the football season than Woodbridge (Calif.) defensive lineman Alex Parsons. The talented rush end went from a player who looked like just a solid Div I prospect to one of the top college recruits in the West region following several outstanding camp performances.
Parsons, 6-4, 260 pounds is a versatile lineman who could play inside or outside at the next level. He played on the edge last season and earned all-league honors after totaling 98 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions. At the SoCal Nike camp, Parsons was close to un-blockable and then really shined at USC's line camp in early June.
The Trojans offered a scholarship following the camp joining UCLA, who had offered back in May.
"Those are the main two schools I'm looking at," Parsons said. "I'm looking at Washington too, those are my top three but USC and UCLA are the schools I'm definitely going to take my official visits to and then I'll make a decision. USC is my leader right now but I like both school a lot. Coach Franklin at USC and Coach Kerr at UCLA are the ones recruiting me and I have a good relationship with both guys."
In addition to the two Los Angeles schools, Parsons has offers from the Huskies, Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky and Utah. Academically, he's carrying a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1370 on the SAT.
"I'm not going to commit early," Parsons added. "I want to take my time with this decision and be sure I made the right choice. Education will be important to me and I'm also looking for a school that will be competing for championships, that's one of the main reasons USC is on top for me right now but it's early and I want to go through the process."