Kyrion Parker makes impact without ball

DEER PARK, Texas -- For a large portion of his team's playoff win on Friday, Manvel (Texas) High School receiver Kyrion Parker didn't have the ball in his hands.

The Texas A&M commitment's opportunities were few and far between, but when he got his opportunities, he took advantage. And he even made sure to have an impact without the football.

With his team clinging to a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter against Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles, Parker made an impact blocking -- not catching -- to spring teammate Austin Bennett, an Oklahoma commitment, for a 39-yard run on a fly sweep.

One play later, Parker's efforts were rewarded when quarterback Shane McCarley looked his way and hit him for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone and a two-score lead in a game Manvel eventually won, 39-26 over Dulles at Deer Park (Texas) High School.

For the 6-foot-2, 192-pound three-star prospect, it was just a matter of maintaining focus.

"I just keep my mind focused by not dwelling on the bad and focusing on the good," Parker said. "I also have to pick up where we didn't do so good and just keep focused."

Blocking is something the Manvel coaches preach to their receivers. Parker said doing his part in a big play is rewarding.

"It just feels real good," Parker said. "But that's just a minor step and we've just got to keep working on it."

Off the field, Parker has paid close attention to what the Aggies have done in their first Southeastern Conference season. Going 10-2 and carrying a top-10 ranking has Parker excited about his future in College Station, Texas.

"Oh, they've shown a lot," Parker said. "I love it. I love when my team does good and I can't wait to get there."

Parker said he was impressed to see the Aggies' performance this season, including their road win at Alabama.

"Oh that was crazy," he said. "That's a big step for A&M, the program and truly showing what we can become in the SEC."

Parker attended the Missouri game and said he has no plans for other visits and is still solid to the Aggies. He's focusing on helping his team getting back to a state title game, this time in a classification higher than Manvel played in last year (the Mavericks moved up from Texas Class 4A to Class 5A in February).

"People keep doubting us and we just have to keep coming out and proving them wrong and show them what we can truly do," Parker said. "We definitely have what it takes but we can only beat ourselves. We've got to pick it up a little bit and execute."