Four-star Sebastian River (Fla.) defensive end Jarez Parks had an unusual Signing Day.
Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee, and Florida have been involved in his recruitment. Parks was to announce his decision around 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, but he delayed until sometime later in the day.
From SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner at the time:
I said this the other day, but it was looking like there would not be space [in Alabama’s class] for 4-star JACK Jarez Parks. He just took the stage at his announcement ceremony to say he'll be announcing later today now. Alabama will need to miss on 5-star DE LaBryan Ray for Parks to have a spot.
Make no mistake about it, Parks wants to go to Alabama.
And more from 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow:
Parks said he was 'too emotional' to announce a decision.
Word has been circulating for awhile that he may not be a take for the Crimson Tide.
In the meantime, per multiple sources, Auburn, Baylor, Miami and Georgia have been reaching out to Parks' camp showing interest in the U.S. Army All-American.
Later, Parks posted a pre-recorded video in which he announces a commitment to Alabama.
Reportedly, he’s accepting a delayed scholarship and roster spot, with the ability to enroll despite not yet being on scholarship:
Parks is rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2017, the No. 93 player overall and the No. 17 prospect in the state of Florida. He’s listed at about 6’3 and 250 pounds. He has at least 32 scholarship offers, including from the highest tiers of each Power 5 conference.
In game film, what stands about Parks is his edge-rushing ability. He’s really not a pure defensive end, but more of an end-outside linebacker hybrid. No matter how he lines up, he bursts off the line of scrimmage quickly, and his speed and length allow him to swallow up quarterbacks just as fast. He’s fast enough to chase down runners even when the play is developing to the opposite side of the formation.
When Parks converges on whoever’s got the ball, he comes down on that poor football player with extreme force. He’s a big hitter, both because he’s fast and because he tackles with his entire body. Parks takes good angles, so he doesn’t need to bother with the sort of arm tackling that might let anyone get away from him.