In the last five years, the Vols have seen Clemson come in and sweep away some of their top targets on the recruiting trail. The Tigers have slowly become one of Tennessee’s biggest rivals when it comes to recruiting. Now, the Vols will be trying to turn the table with 2020 recruit and Clemson commit Walker Parks. On Thursday, he received an offer from the Vols.
Parks announced the offer via Twitter Thursday evening.
— walker (@walkerparks64) January 11, 2019
The Lexington, Kentucky native holds offers from a handful of schools, including Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame. He committed to Clemson shortly after his visit there in October of 2018.
Parks is a four-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is rated as the 3rd-best player in the state of Kentucky and the 35th-best offensive tackle in the nation. Additionally, he is the No. 330 overall player in the 2020 class.
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Parks’ father played football at Kentucky, and his mom is also a Kentucky grad. But as of right now, it doesn’t look like Parks will be following in his parents’ footsteps.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman plays on both sides of the ball for Frederick Douglass High School, but he will play offensive line at the next level. He will likely need to put on weight before he is ready to see the field, though.
Parks is an athletic lineman. He has really good feet, and he doesn’t get on his toes when he blocks. He is really good at pulling. His vision is great, and he does a good job blocking in space. He has a killer instinct and blocks through the echo of the whistle. Parks consistently finishes his blocks. As a pass blocker, he throws a very good initial punch which can often stymie the defender. He has a strong pass set, and he does a good job canceling out the inside move with a strong post leg. The biggest concern for him is if he will be able to block some of the beefier guys at the college level, but he is a very technically sound player.
Obviously, it’s going to be difficult to flip Parks from Clemson, especially after their National Championship this season. Jeremy Pruitt is, however, a relentless recruiter, and if they can get him on campus, anything can happen.