Thomas Parsons, the 6-foot-5.5, 265 pound offensive tackle from Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch (Texas), says he'll be making a commitment within the next month.
"I told myself I'd wait until July 25, but it's getting harder and harder for colleges to hold positions because so many people are committing early," Parsons said. "I'll probably make my decision within the next month, definitely before summer starts."
Parsons, ranked No. 62 in the southwest by Scout.com, has scholarship offers from New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech and Arizona. He favors Oklahoma State slightly over A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas and USC. "But Oklahoma State and A&M are really neck-and-neck," he said.
"I went to the junior day at Oklahoma State and they treated me like family and made it clear that I was priority for them," Parsons said. "They are very down-to-earth and I just felt I fit in well there. I didn't get the feeling like I was just another number with them. In fact, I got to sit in head coach Mike Gundy's office and shoot the breeze with him and that made me feel very special."
Parsons also attended the A&M Junior Day. "Their facilities are amazing," he said. "They have a magnificent weight room and the football players live in these great three-story apartments. They have all the little things you could want. Also, I loved walking out on Kyle Field and hearing the drums. It really pumped me up and made me feel like I was getting ready to play."
Growing up, Parsons admits that Oklahoma was his favorite team. "I am of Native American decent and my great great grandfather walked off the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma," Parsons said. "It was always a big deal to watch the Sooners. It's just a great school."
Although the Sooners haven't offered Parsons yet, he's confident they will. "I'm pretty sure they will offer," he said. "They were at my practice yesterday and they've said before that they really like me and want me to come to their camp."
Parsons will also be attending the Oklahoma State camp this summer.
Another school that Parsons has always liked is USC, but admits that the Trojans haven't really been recruiting him. "My interest level in them is high, but I don't think they are interested in me," he said. "It's a one-way street so far."
He is also being recruited for track and competes in the shot put (best distance is 52.6 feet) and discus (best distance is 160.7 feet). Parsons, however, only plans on competing in football in college.
"I've been playing football for about 11 years, so it's basically my life," Parsons said. "I'm eager to continue playing in college and I want a chance to compete. I'll go where I'm comfortable and feel like they really want me."
Parsons benches 340 pounds, squats 475 and has a 29-inch vertical jump.
"I'm very agile and quick. I can run the 40 in 4.8 seconds," he said. "I have quick feet and play with a certain veracity that people haven't really seen. I bring a defensive mentality to the offensive line.
"I still want to work on my technique," he admits. "Also, I want to get my strength up and put on some weight. I carry my weight like a 300-pounder, but I'd like to get even bigger and have that competitive edge."
He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 1250 SAT.