Jarez Parks, a four-star defensive end prospect, committed to Alabama on National Signing Day. Getting to that point was apparently difficult for Parks, however.
Parks, a top-100 recruit according to 247Sports Composite rankings, was expected to sign with the Crimson Tide, but his ceremony apparently took a turn when an “emotional” Parks said he would announce his college choice later in the day. Tide Sports reported that room might be an issue for the defensive end and it was unclear whether he would sign with Alabama.
Parks had intended on committing to Alabama. However, the staff asked him to wait, apparently because they are waiting on Rivals100 defensive end Labryan Ray‘s decision first.
“The numbers are tight and Alabama will only have room for him if Ray goes elsewhere,” Bone said. “Sometimes the spots fill up fast and there are a lot of moving parts.”
After some radio silence, Bleacher Report posted a pre-recorded video of Parks signing with Alabama at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. However, there was nothing in the way confirmation from Parks himself — that is, until he posted the same video on his own Twitter account.
What happens for Parks here is still a bit up in the air, but Tide Sports again reports that he will grayshirt and enroll at Alabama in 2018.
Grayshirting itself is not uncommon, but for a top-100 player to wait a year before enrolling says a lot about Alabama and the talent it’s recruiting.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / National Signing Day: Jarez Parks finally commits to Alabama after strange day