"It just felt right every time I was over at Auburn," said Ricky Parks. "I visited them a lot this spring and it felt like a big family over there. The coaches are like dads to the players, the players stick together through everything, and they have something I want to be a part of."
The decision to choose Auburn over Alabama and Georgia was not an easy one for the 6-foot-4, 230 pound tight end out of Hoganville (GA) Callaway.
"It was tough to choose one school because I liked all three. I took visits to all three schools, I had relationships with coaches at each school, and I thought I could do well at either of the three. Auburn is just where I felt best at when not thinking about football. It just had that feeling that my home feels like."
The coaches at AU received the news from Parks a little before the public according to the number two tight end in America on Scout. When he informed them that he wanted to be a part of the Tiger family, they were excited.
"I told the coaches a little while ago and I told Coach Malzahn first and then I told Coach Chizik next. Both I think were a little surprised and very happy about my decision. I told them I was ready to commit and both liked it a lot."
The coaches and the atmosphere at Auburn were a big part of his decision, but a couple of former high schools stars in Georgia that signed with AU in 2011 played a role too.
"Quan Bray and Gabe Wright are two guys that I have known for a while and I talked to both of them about their decisions. Both talked to me about Auburn, they answered questions I had about Auburn, and I have spent a lot of time with them lately. They told me too that it is like one big family at Auburn and that is how I feel. They had some good things to say."
All signs now point that Parks will ink with Auburn in February 2012 like his friends did in February 2011. There is still seven months until Signing Day, but Parks made it clear his mind is made up completely.
"I'm done with recruiting," he said. "I feel good about my decision, I looked over all three schools hard, and me, and my family are happy with Auburn."
Parks will be used as an H-Back in the Auburn offense and play a similar role in the future to what Philip Lutzenkirchen plays for the Tigers now.