Surprise! Ryan Parker, a 4-star Wide Receiver out of Tyler J.C., has flipped his commitment and signed with TCU over OU. After originally signing to TCU back in 2014 as a 3-star prospect and the No. 150 wide receiver in his class, the Keller, TX native was ruled ineligible and chose to attend junior college in East Texas.
News trickled out in mid-December that Parker would ultimately not be enrolling early at OU citing academics, but all signs were showing he was still committed to the Sooners and was on good terms with the coaching staff. According to 247sports, Parker is now ranked as the No. 2 J.C. wide receiver prospect in the country, and the No. 9-ranked player overall, so this is a huge pick up for the Frogs.
At Tyler J.C., Parker tallied 47 receptions for 841 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014, and 41 receptions for 826 yards and nine touchdowns in seven games. Here's what Greg Powers of Scout.com had to say about the Frogs newest deep threat and possible replacement for Josh Doctson:
Parker is a receiver who can do a bit of everything on the football field. He has the look of a special college talent and produces at an elite level against JuCo competition. He shows great concentration and body control on deep passes or when working one-on-one against defensive backs in the endzone. He has a knack for scoring touchdowns and does it in all phases of the game. Has excellent top end speed and will score quickly once in the open field.
Parker did not play football until his Senior year of high school, instead focusing on basketball during his Sophomore and Junior years. That may have been part of the reason he was relatively lightly recruited out of high school, as well as why he just might turn into our next jump ball & touchdown specialist. The Horned Frogs now boast the #1 and #2 J.C. wide receivers in the 2016 class. Welcome back to TCU, Ryan.