Daniel Parker, the 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior offensive/defensive line standout from Blue Springs High School, has rescinded his verbal commitment to play football at the University of Missouri.
He had made that verbal commitment to first-year Mizzou coach Barry Odom on July 24, which at the time was Odom’s first commitment for the class of 2018.
The 16-year-old’s commitment came after attending Missouri’s “Night at the Zou” prospect camp in Columbia.
“I have nothing against Missouri, I have a lot of respect for the program and Coach Odom,” Parker said Tuesday night. “I’m 16 and I feel like it’s important to experience the total recruitment experience.
“But right now, all I’m thinking about is my Wildcats team and teammates and how we can beat Park Hill Friday night.”
Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said he is proud of the way Parker handled the situation.
“Daniel may just be 16,” Donohoe said, “but he handled this like a man. He manned up and called Missouri and told them he was de-committing. A lot of kids won’t do that – and that’s understandable because that’s a hard phone call to make.
“So give Daniel and his parents credit for making that call. He has so much potential, the sky’s the limit for Daniel – and he’s just a junior.”
Parker earned second-team honors in the Suburban Big Six last season. He has talked with coaches from many other schools, including Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Missouri State.
Parker, who is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and is ranked as the No. 5 recruit in Missouri and No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation for the class of 2018, announced on Twitter that he visited Arkansas on Saturday following the Wildcats’ loss in Fayetteville Friday. He also announced he will visit Iowa during its game with Iowa State on Saturday.
“I’m just going to enjoy the recruiting process,” Parker said. “I’m not favoring any school over any other school. I’m just going to see what happens. But like I told you, all I am concentrating on now is Blue Springs.”