"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each recruit individually. Today, we visit with Manvel (Texas) High School receiver Kyrion Parker.
Parker is a 6-foot-2, 192-pound receiver who is ranked No. 96 at his position nationally. The three-star prospect committed to Texas A&M on June 24, 2012 and is teammates with another Texas A&M signee, cornerback Tavares Garner. The pair helped lead Manvel to an 11-2 record, a district championship and a third-round appearance in the Texas Class 5A Division II state playoffs.
Parker was originally an LSU commit, but decommitted on June 16, jumping on board with the Aggies just more than a week later. Here's our Q&A with Parker, who caught 46 passes for 951 yards and 13 touchdowns this season:
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Kyrion Parker: "I just liked it a lot and it seemed very welcoming. It seemed like a bigger version of Manvel. And I just love the coaches."
GEN: When did you first get into football and why?
KP: "I probably started football when I was 11 years old. I played pee wee and all that. As I progressed I just found out that I was good at it, I liked it and I kept doing it."
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
KP: "It's been real slow. Nothing too special. Just working out and trying to get ready for the next level."
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
KP: "He's real cool. He's real chill. You can talk to him just like you talk to everyone else and you don't have a problem. He's just a great guy."
GEN: Do you have a favorite memory of Texas A&M yet, either from your trip or from watching them this season?
KP: "Probably 7-on-7 when we'd go up there to College Station [for the Texas state 7-on-7 championships] and play our games. Just building that brotherly bond up there and knowing that I'm going to do it the next four years up there is good."
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
KP: "Just take care of my business and do what I've got to do and just play ball."
GEN: What was it like going head-to-head with your teammate and fellow A&M commit, cornerback Tavares Garner, in practice every day?
KP: "It was real hard. You have two good players going at it and it gets real aggressive where you almost want to fight him. You try not to because you're on the same team. We just knew that we were building each other up for something bigger and better. I won most of the battles though [laughs]."
GEN: Do you have any superstitions or routines that you have before games?
KP: "Yeah I always have to listen to certain songs. I also pray with my family before I go out there."
GEN: What's on your pre-game music playlist?
KP: "Kendrick Lamar, a little bit of Drake, Kanye [West], Joey Badass and Kid Cudi."
GEN: Biggest influence on your success?
KP: "I'd probably say my mom [Kari Parker]. She's always pushing me to keep going, even when it got hard and I felt like giving up. She always kept nudging me."
GEN: Do you know what your major will be?
KP: "I want to do something in business."
GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
KP: "Play video games and hang out with my friends. I like Call of Duty: Black Ops."
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
KP: "Baseball. Pitcher and centerfield. I played when I was younger until I got hit in the mouth. I always played up [above my age group] because I was good. Then we were at practice one day and I was hitting and I got beaned in the mouth and I just didn't want to do it again. It busted my lip wide open and knocked a tooth out, and I swallowed it. I was in fifth grade at the time."
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
KP: "It made me focus more on what I want and what I have to do. In order to achieve certain goals, you have to make sacrifices."
GEN: Biggest highlight in your playing career?
KP: "My senior year overall."
GEN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KP: "Hopefully, if I don't make it somewhere in football, I'd like to see myself getting into the business world."
Favorite food: Chipotle.
Favorite car: Chevy Tahoe.
Favorite NFL player: "Brandon Marshall. I see a lot of myself in him and he inspires me."
Desired jersey number: 6.