Southwest Recruiting Notebook
Thomas Parsons
Thomas Parsons
Posted Apr 4, 2007

After a dominating performance at the Combine in Dallas Thomas Parsons has received his first scholarship offer on Thursday from Oklahoma State.

"Yes, I received the offer from Oklahoma State and I am hearing a lot from Texas A&M, SMU, TCU and Vanderbilt," said the 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman from Smithson Valley High in Texas "I was invited and plan on going to the spring game (April 14) at Oklahoma State."

Don't look for a commitment this spring, but it appears that Parsons won't wait until next fall either. He has a plan and said he intends to stick to it.

"I want to take some time and I want to see the schools first," he explained. "I'm thinking that I will go check out some schools in May and go to some of the camps in June so I can see the schools and meet the coaches. I'm thinking before July 25 I will think about my options and then I want to make a commitment then. When I make my commitment I want to be ready to stick with it and have recruiting taken care of before I start my senior season."

This is a young man who is very dedicated and determined to succeed at both the high school and the college level. He currently has a bench press of 330 pounds and can squat 450 pounds. He also throws the shot and the discus for the Smithson Valley track team.

Parsons earned All-Combine honors an impressive performance at the Combine that was held in Dallas on March 25th.

Blake Gideon
On the first day of April, the Texas Longhorns have already virtually locked up its 2008 class. Their 18th commitment came on Friday in the form of Leander safety Blake Gideon. He talked about his decision to play football for Mack Brown and company.

“Yes sir, I actually committed on Friday,” Blake Gideon said. “They offered two weeks ago on a Monday.”

“I actually took a trip down there on Thursday to look around, but I didn’t make it official until Friday. I called Coach Brown to let him know.”

Gideon chose Texas over offers from Rice and Vanderbilt. He has always been a Longhorn fan and was very excited about the opportunity to wear burnt orange on the next level.

“Oh definitely,” Gideon said. “It was like a dream come true. I have always dreamed about running through the tunnel with a Longhorn on my helmet.”

Gideon is already very familiar with the surroundings in Austin. He talked about his familiarity with the school and the campus.

“I actually live in a suburb of Austin. I have been to games in the past,” Gideon said. “The facilities blow my mind. They are bigger than any I have seen in high school. The Bubble and everything else is absolutely unbelievable.”

Gideon spent most of his time on the defensive side of the ball as a junior, but will likely see time on both sides this year. He was recruited by the Longhorns to play his natural position at safety.

“Coach Brown said that they would like me to play safety,” Gideon said. “I played safety this past year and got a couple of plays in at wide receiver. Next year, I will probably get a lot of time at wide receiver and might even get some snaps in at quarterback.”

The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Gideon put together a spectacular junior season on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded 119 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles at Leander High School.

Harrison Jeffers
Texas Tech received their second commitment for the class of 2008 after receiving a pledge from Lawton, Okla., running back Harrison Jefferr, a 5-foot-9, 207-pound running back. Jeffers is widely know for his versatility on the football field.

“I can do a lot of things on the field,” Jeffers said. “We run a pro-style offense where we run the ball a lot, but I also get quite a few screen and shovel passes.”

The Red Raider coaching staff is starting to heavily recruit the state of Oklahoma, but this time the state of Oklahoma recruited Texas Tech.

“My coach went down to Lubbock for a coaches clinic and told the Texas Tech coaches about me. My coach showed them some film and they liked what they saw.”

Since Jeffers lives in Big 12 country, he was able to catch a few of Texas Tech’s games last year.

“I watched Tech play against Oklahoma, Texas, and A&M this past season,” Jeffers informed. “I really liked the offense they ran and thought I would be a good fit.”

Although Texas Tech brings in a lot of high school running backs and switches them over to receiver, Harrison is being recruited to play in the backfield.

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