Jenks' Steven Parker commits to Oklahoma

Jenks standout gives the Sooners the state's top recruit for the third consecutive season. They could make in a sweep of the top two in that span Wednesday if Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark signs with the Sooners.
by Ryan Aber Modified: February 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014

TULSA — Steven Parker came out of the Jenks locker room after Tuesday night’s basketball game battered.

Parker had ice packs on his left shoulder and left side after taking a hard hit under the basket late in the Trojans’ 65-63 loss to Tulsa Union.

But Parker had a weight lifted off his shoulders.

Earlier in the day, the state’s top football player and the No. 6 safety in the country according to Rivals.com, announced that he would sign with Oklahoma on Wednesday. He chose the Sooners over Auburn and Texas A&M.

“As it started getting closer and closer and as time got even closer, it started building up more stress and then my studies also kind of affected that,” Parker said after scoring 20 points.

Trojans coach Clay Martin could see a difference.

“He just reacted tonight and he hasn’t done that all year,” Martin said. “He’s had so much going on and he’s just to be commended for everything he’s gone through and tonight he just played. He relaxed and played and shows that he is, when he’s good he can be one of the premier players around.”

Parker said basketball would be the primary focus for the next couple of months, but football will have his attention for at least one more day.

After making his announcement in a ceremony just after noon, Parker immediately turned from the hunted to the hunter.

Five-star running back Joe Mixon, who committed to the Sooners in early January, had been working on Parker for most of the last month, trying to convince him to come to OU.

Parker is now doing the same with Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark, the No. 2 player in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings. Clark is committed to LSU but has left the door open, saying he’s considering Oklahoma, Arizona State and Ole Miss as well as the Tigers.

“I’ve been working on Deondre a little bit,” Parker said. “It’s pretty tough. I know he’s going through some trouble at home and I pray for him and hopefully everything will be OK.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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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