National Signing Day: Steven Parker enjoying life as an OU signee as opposed to an OU recruit

by Ryan Aber Published: February 5, 2014

Steven Parker walked into the Frank Herald Gymnasium at Jenks around 1 p.m. Wednesday with a little jump in his step.

Parker held his younger sister London's hand as he navigated through the crowd to get into the gym for the announcement.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety, the No. 53 player nationally according to, wore a crimson shirt with a gold upside-down Longhorns logo, an OU hat and a smile as wide as it could get.

When it was the Trojans football players' turns to go, Parker sat comfortably at the table in front of a large group of classmates, continuing to play with London while Jenks coach Allan Trimble talked about each of his players who signed.

He'd said a day earlier when he made the announcement he would sign with Oklahoma that the recruiting process had worn on him and he showed again on signing day the burden that was now gone.

“It's been a whole lot of relief,” Parker said. “The basketball game last night was probably the most fun I've actually had playing basketball this year. Really all the weight got lifted off my shoulders and I felt like I could just play.”

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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