Jenks (Okla.) High four-star safety Steven Parker took Oklahoma fans for a long, crazy ride. But in the end, both sides are happy.
Parker, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state, officially committed to the Sooners on Tuesday afternoon. He will have a signing ceremony at Jenks at 1:15 p.m. CST Wednesday.
He chose OU over finalists Auburn and Texas A&M and held more than 20 offers.
In the end, it went back to the beginning. OU was the first school to offer Parker back in May 2012, and there were several times where it felt like Parker was going to commit to the Sooners in the past but never pulled the trigger.
An Oklahoma kid, all Parker knew was OU and Oklahoma State. He wanted to see what else was out there and made official visits to A&M, Auburn and Arkansas. The Aggies appeared to take control of the race from OU in November following a tremendous second visit to campus. He visited in March on an unofficial and went to College Station for his official in November.
But Parker was never one to make an impulsive decision. He made three unofficial visits to OU this season to go along with a handful of other trips to campus and finally made the official visit to Norman two weeks ago.
Jenks has been kind to OU with former teammates running back Alex Ross and wide receiver Jordan Smallwood both also on the team. Parker and Smallwood are really good friends. Parker’s teammate, 2015 defensive tackle Marquise Overton, is already committed to OU.
Auburn didn’t enter the picture until incredibly late in the process, but the Tigers gave their best shot with Parker on an official visit over the weekend.
It was enough to make things interesting once again. But once Auburn and A&M both picked up safety commits since Sunday, the writing was on the wall that Parker was going to stay home and be a Sooner.
Parker’s addition is huge for the Sooners. It keeps the top-ranked player in the state home and finalizes an extremely good and versatile defensive backs class for OU and Mike Stoops.
OU fans are also hoping it’s the start of a fun 24 hours. Parker gives OU 23 commits for the Class of 2014 with the Sooners hoping to add three more on signing day.