Parks set to visit the Florida Gators in January

The Florida Gators have been had some big pass rushers come through Gainesville lately and they’re now trying to restock the position.

Later this month the Gators will host one of its top defensive ends/pass rusher when Jarez Parks (6-3, 253, Sebastian, FL. River) visits Gainesville.

“I already visited Florida State and Alabama and I’m going to visit Florida and Auburn in January,” Parks said. “I’m either going to Florida on the 13th or on the 27th and then Auburn the other date. I’m not sure yet on North Carolina.”

For a while, it seemed liked Florida had faded on Parks some but the defensive end says two coaches are after him and giving him a warm southern feel.

“I’m hearing from Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Kerry] Dixon at Florida,” he said. “Florida is a very southern school and from where I’m from right now we have the same kind of feel. We have the same type of vibe.”

The Gators coaching staff hasn’t been able to get Parks on campus much but they’re still connection well with the defensive end.

“Both of those coaches are great guys and care about you a lot as a person,” Parks said. “They make you feel like they’re your uncles or something close to you and not just coaches. That’s a good asset for them and makes me comfortable when I’m up there.”

Parks is a guy that mostly put his hand in the dirt and rushes the passer but he can also drop back into coverage some and the Gators could use him in both ways.

“Florida said they will use me in various ways depending on the front they’re in,” he said. “They say that they have an idea of how they want to use me but they want to move me around based on my athletic ability.”

After visits are over with Parks plans to announce a decision and he says he knows what factors will go into his decisions.

“It’s going to be wherever my mom feels comfortable sending me off too,” Parks said on his decision factors. “And where I agree with her on but ultimately it will be my decision. She’s going to be on all of my visits to help me.”

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Parks is someone that Florida has always had a great chance with since the defensive end wasn’t expected to go far from home. Parks’ family is also full of Florida fans and that helps Florida. There was some buzz that Parks would commit to Alabama while at the Army game but with that not happening his recruitment seems to be wide open.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.