Parker wasn’t the only OU commit on the floor at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center on Tuesday.
The Redskins have a couple of Sooners commitments as well in wide receiver Jeffery Mead and tight end Carson Meier.
“I am so excited that Steven is going to Oklahoma,” Meier said. “I was bugging him about it and giving him a hard time tonight a little bit.” Parker said he made up his mind before a weekend elsewhere, though the trip made things difficult.
“I wanted to take the Auburn visit to make sure,” Parker said. “I say it was a bad visit to take because it was one of those visits where it was so great to where it makes you think twice to what you’re going to do.”
But in the end, Mixon’s arguments helped win out over the chance to play next to Auburn’s Khari Harding, an Edmond Santa Fe product who Parker referred to as his best friend.
“Joe definitely recruited his butt off,” Parker said. “As soon as he went on ahead and committed, I had that thought, ‘They’re putting together a great class. This might be a great class to be a part of.’”
It wasn’t that easy, though.
Mixon didn’t soft-sell the Sooners.
“He knows that if he wants to go to the next level, he’s going to have to make sacrifices,” Parker said. “We all know that sacrifices is what separates the good from the great.”