Phenix City (Ala.) Central Top247 receiver Tomarrion Parker announced his commitment to Penn State Tuesday following an official visit to Happy Valley over the weekend. He chose the Nittany Lions over Florida, Michigan State and Tennessee among others.
“Penn State we’re definitely going to rise,” Parker said. “A lot of people they’re going to buy in so be on the look out.”
Parker’s pledge to the Nittany Lions sees this class rise from No. 6 to No. 2 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. He is the 14th prospect to jump in the fold.
“Penn State fit me, all the boxes checked,” Parker said. “I felt that home vibe. Me and my family loved it. We weren’t thinking about any other place after we left. “
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Parker called after returning home and told James Franklin and the staff he was committing. He is tabbed by the Top247 as the nation’s No. 6 defensive lineman and no. 48 prospect overall. He’ll play in the All-American Bowl following his senior season.
“Penn State is definitely a team that can contend for a college football playoff,” Parker said. “They also have a chance to be in the Big Ten Championship every year. They also produce d-ends every year. I put my trust with Coach Franklin and Coach (John) Scott.
“The campus is beautiful. Around it is mountains and things like that. It’s a college town. The weather is amazing, especially coming from Alabama that 100-degree weather and you have a breezy 78 degrees it felt good. And I actually like the cold, I have no problem playing in the cold. “
Parker says his recruitment is “completely shut down.
“They showed us a graphic saying 750,000 alumni across the world,” Parker said. “I thought it was a stretch but coming home in Charlotte sitting down not talking to anyone else and out of nowhere a guy had a Washington Commanders shirt and black suitcase and asked me if I was going to Penn State. I had a Penn State hat on. He told me he was a Penn State alum from 1990 and I think he was a Washington Commanders executive. When they say they have alumni everywhere they do. Anywhere we’ve stopped and I had Penn State gear on there was an alumni somewhere. It’s more than football. “