Recruiting: Parsons Measures Up

Thomas Parsons

Offensive lineman Thomas Parsons once asked the Smithson Valley (Texas) High School coaching staff if he could play junior varsity ball his sophomore season in order to get more playing time with the JV. Well, that extra experience was not wasted as Parsons is drawing big-time attention as he enters his senior season at Smithson Valley.

"Yes, I've been looking at three schools more lately," said Parsons. "I've looked at LSU, OSU and USC. I had a good trip up to Oklahoma State for their spring game this weekend. I talked on the phone and asked a lot of questions and found out more about USC."

The 6-5 1/2, 258-pound offensive lineman was recently a star, earning All-Combine honors at the Scout Combine held at the Dallas Cowboys Training Facility in Valley Ranch, Texas. Parsons blew everybody away when he ran a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash. Eyeing him this past weekend at the Oklahoma State spring game, he looks more like a tight end than an offensive lineman. Parsons is very athletic, trim for an offensive tackle prospect.

"The trip went good," said Parsons. "I really like the coaches and I could see myself playing there. They also run the same offense that we run at Smithson Valley, so that would be easier too."

Parsons said he hasn't narrowed down his list, and he has intentions right now of attending camps this summer. The two camps he has on his itinerary now are Oklahoma State and Baylor. If Parsons does make an early commitment it would be late in the summer, and he has said he wants to take official visits so his decision may come later in the fall or late in the recruiting season.

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