Missouri State Offers Texas High Defensive End Leonard Parks
Missouri State extended Leonard Parks' streak of new scholarship opportunities a third day with an offer to the Texas High standout Friday morning.
The rising senior defensive end reported the Bears' offer through his Twitter account and joins Van offensive tackle Kris Dike as well as Henderson athlete Trae Hall on the program's recruiting board.
Parks (6-5, 230), who holds other options from Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Illinois, shined at Sunday’s ETSN Combine at APEC in Tyler.
On his way to earning honorable mention recognition in his position group, Parks was one of only four defensive linemen to record sub-5.0 times in the 40-yard dash. He also put up 12 bench press reps of 225 pounds and recorded a 34-inch vertical leap, which was good enough for fourth-best among all 87 of the event’s participants.
Texas High finished the 2016 regular season with a perfect 10-0 record before an upset loss in the first round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs. The defense limited opponents to 13.2 points per game.
Parks is the third current Texas High player to own at least one FBS offer. He joins fellow rising senior and Kansas receiver commitment Tevailance Hunt as well as rising junior signal-caller Coltin Clack.
The Bears program, located in Springfield, Missouri, competes in the ultra-competitive Missouri Valley Football Conference alongside Southern Illinois. The league also features highly prestigious North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Youngstown State programs — all of which have made at least one NCAA Division I FCS national championship game appearance since 1999.
Amid that competition, Missouri State went 4-7 last season under second-year coach Dave Steckel. It was a three-win improvement compared to the 2015 campaign.
Parks will become eligible to sign with any Division I program that offers him in December.