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Parker going to OU

JENKS, Okla. — In one of the most intriguing follows of this recruiting period, Top247 safety Steven Parker has finally made the call and it’s to Oklahoma.

“It’s definitely been tough on me and my family,” Parker said. “It’s been very stressful, I would say. During this football season, I mean, I kind of went through it just by playing with my brothers for the last time, especially the senior group and like I said, it’s been tough. But I’m going to go ahead and decide and I’m going to play my college football at the University of Oklahoma.”

Parker, a four-star with a 0.9466 overall rating and listed as the nation’s No. 108 player, chose the Sooners over the Auburn Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Sooner State prospect from Jenks HS was long thought to basically be down to OU and A&M; however, Auburn snuck in late and received an official visit last weekend after head coach Gus Malzahn visited him at his basketball game in Sapulpa.

That made for some nervous bodies in Sooner Nation, hoping to land the No. 9 safety and No. 2 player in the state of Oklahoma.

In the end, though, Parker stayed home, as The Crystal Ball, with its 97 percent trend to OU, projected.

“I just thought it was the school that best fit me,” Parker said. “I mean, all the schools were great. I just felt like they stayed with me throughout the process, and like Coach [Allan] Trimble said, I couldn’t really goof this one up. I mean, they were all great schools. They all had great coaches and all of them had great facilities and academics.”

Parker becomes the 24th commitment for the 2014 class and brings OU up two spots to No. 16 with its 235.03 score in the 247Sports Team Rankings.

He completes OU’s safety class along with long-standing commit Vontre McQuinnie and becomes the 10th pledge on the defensive side of the ball.

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