Darius Parish, the 6-foot-4, 325-pound three-star defensive tackle from North High School in Wichita, Kan., finished his senior season with 42 tackles and 6 sacks. His team finished the year a disappointing 2-7.
Parish, ranked as the No. 61 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, originally committed to Nebraska in August, however, by the end of September he had changed his mind.
"I decommitted," Parish said. "I told them back in late September that I wasn't committed anymore and would be looking at other schools. I just felt it was in my best interest to go somewhere else. I felt they were pressuring me a bit too much early on and then I just kind of stopped hearing from them. I didn't feel very comfortable with them after I made my decision."
Parish now says he favors Kansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State, and has offers from all three (the Oklahoma State offer is a verbal offer). The Jayhawks and Badgers are his top two. His only other offer is from Colorado State.
He has set up visits to Kansas on Dec. 14 and will be visiting Wisconsin on Dec. 7. "Kansas and Wisconsin are recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "They've both been at my school a lot in the last month and the Wisconsin coaches are coming on an in-home visit on Dec. 3 and the Kansas coaches will be here on Dec. 4.
"Kansas had a pretty good year," he said. "I was at the Missouri game and it's too bad they lost. Hopefully, they'll play well in the Orange Bowl.
"Wisconsin always seems to have a great program and have great academics too. It's just a good ball club all around," he said.
Parish admits there's a slim chance that Nebraska could still get back in the mix, but says "right now I'm not considering them at all.
"If they do contact me then I'll talk to (newly named Husker) coach Bo Pelini and listen to what they have to say," he said. "I think he's a good hire and should do well there. He did great at LSU.
"At the time that I committed to Nebraska they were the best offer that I had," he admitted. "But as soon as I committed I started getting a lot of other schools being interested. All that attention kind of showed me that there were other possibilities out there."
Parish says he'd like to make a decision before Christmas.
He says he can bench 270 pounds and squat 550. Parish runs the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds and has a 26-inch vertical jump.
"I have good strength and instincts," he said. "I try to play humble and hard on every play. I just play my heart out.
"I need to work on my explosion and reading blocks," he said. "I'm playing basketball right now to work on my strength and conditioning and footwork."
He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 19 ACT, which he plans to retake on Feb. 9.