Parker, who ultimately chose the Aggies over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and LSU, is a smooth, fluid athlete at the wide receiver spot. An impressive blend of athleticism and size, the 6-3, 185-pounder is an outstanding leaper capable of making difficult catches look routine. Next-level body control and flypaper hands that snag anything within reach are the two strengths of Parker’s game. Kyrion is also a long-strider with tremendous separation speed, especially when tracking deep balls with the cornerback in pursuit. From both a frame and game standpoint, he reminds me of former East Texas and Oklahoma standout Malcolm Kelly, who Sumlin coached in Norman.
Prior to the spring evaluation period, Kyrion was a relative unknown in mainstream recruiting circles. After missing most of his junior season at Houston Lamar because of injury, Parker transferred to Manvel. Between a strong spring, sensational 7-on-7 outings and eye-catching camp performances at LSU, Texas and Oklahoma, his stock soared during the summer. After initially jumping on an offer from LSU, Sumlin and David Beaty were able to convince a player deemed a ‘must have’ to play closer to home while remaining in the SEC. Parker ultimately chose the Aggies over Oklahoma.
Kyrion toyed with Houston-area defensive backfields to catch 46 passes for 951 yards and 13 TDs while earning 22-5A first team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors.
Like many of A&M’s wide receiver signees, Parker is talented and physically-developed enough to step in and immediately compete for playing time and a starting job at a spot where the Ags look to replace three starters.
Stats2012: 46 receptions for 951 yards and 13 TDs
Honors2012: 22-5A First Team All-District; 5A All-State Honorable Mention (AP); 5A All-Region III Second Team (TXHSFB)