Edna's Parks commits to Houston
Nov. 12, 2011 at 5:12 a.m.
Edna Cowboys vs. Blanco Panthers
Class 2A, Division I Bi-District
6 p.m. Saturday, La Vernia
EDNA - Edna's Devin Parks enjoyed his visit to the University of Houston for Junior Day last year, including the lunch break.
"I liked the big city," Parks said. "They've got nice dorms. Chili's was nice. The football program, the coaches all that was good."
Parks will have ample opportunity to enjoy Chili's again next season after announcing a commitment to attend Houston on a football scholarship in the next school year.
Houston began recruiting Parks during his sophomore season at El Campo.
The school followed Parks when he transferred to Edna midway through his junior year and won the Class 2A 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet.
Parks was also recruited by Nevada, Rice and Texas-San Antonio.
He still plans to make official visits to Nevada and Rice, but believes his commitment to Houston is solid.
"At the moment nothing could change my mind," Parks said. "He (Houston assistant Tony Levine) was straight up honest with me about everything that's going on."
Edna coach Mike Pierce wasn't surprised to see Parks commit to Houston, which also has a commitment from Edna offensive lineman Mac Long.
"I think just the coaching staff," Pierce said. "There's a reason why they've really built it up. Their coaches have done a good job of finding players in 1A all the way through 5A. They give them a chance to play and it shows."
Parks is expected to play in the slot or at running back in Houston's spread offense and also return kicks.
"I think that will be perfect for me," Parks said. "I'll be able to use my speed out in the open."
Parks has put his speed to good work at Edna this season.
He has rushed 124 times for 1,623 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has also caught 15 passes for 459 yards and three touchdowns, averaged 19.5 yards on punt returns, and averaged 25.8 yards and scored one touchdown on kickoff returns.
Parks hopes to continue to participate in track and field at Houston.
But before he goes, Parks wants to help Edna make a long playoff run.
The Cowboys (7-3) meet Blanco (5-5) in a Class 2A, Division II bi-district playoff game Saturday at 6 p.m. in La Vernia.
"I'm pretty pleased with my senior year, but I can't be satisfied. I want more," Parks said. "It's going to take a lot of focus and to finish as coach Pierce says."