Recruiting on the Plains: 2019 OLB Steven Parker Commits to Texas Tech

Texas Tech adds the first player to the 2019 class.

Player: Steven Parker
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 225
School: South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
Class: 2019
Offers: Texas Tech
Recruiting Services: Rivals | 24/7 Sports | Scout | ESPN
Cumulative Ranking: N/A

Parker is the first Texas Tech commit for the 2019 class and as of right now, is only rated by 24/7 Sports, but he is rated as a 4-star player so I bet now that Parker has committed the rest of the services will follow suit. And there’s no video of Parker, so this is something that hasn’t happened in years. There’s almost always video of the player in today’s world, sports. When we get video, we’ll make sure and update this and let you know.

Luckily, we have Red Raider Sports’ Drew Kohnle who talked to Parker’s coach at South Oak Cliff and Inside The Red Raiders’ Zach Tanner talked to Parker himself. From Kohnle’s article we learn that Parker is from Lubbock originally and his parents moved to Dallas and they see Parker as stand-up defensive end:

“Right now Steven is about 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds,” Todd said. “His speed is probably the speed of a safety. He is probably a legit 4.5 kid at that size because he can run. We project him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 situation. If he was in a 4-man front, he would be a weakside defensive end, pass rushing type. He really excels rushing the quarterback and getting up the field. He is tough enough for us at the high school level to even play defensive tackle at times in some packages similar to how the New York Giants play four defensive ends at times.

“We feel like we can put him anywhere on the defensive line and he will be successful at the high school level, which will help him translate his game to college. By the time he gets to college, he is going to be probably 6-foot-4 and 250-260 pounds. If he keeps that same explosion and the ability to run on the next level, he is a kid who should make a lot of noise at the college level.”

Lots more information there.

And in Tanner’s article, we hear from Parker:

“My coach told me about the offer first. Coach Jones, the receivers coach, he had come one time to come see me and after that it was a surprise. I was happy about the offer because I grew up in Lubbock and I’ve been wanting to go back for a long time, and I finally got the chance.”


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