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12 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: AJ Parker

In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of defensive back AJ Parker.

AJ Parker has a long way to go before he can be mentioned in the same breath as Ty Zimmerman, one of K-State's all-time greats.
AJ Parker has a long way to go before he can be mentioned in the same breath as Ty Zimmerman, one of K-State's all-time greats.
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Goal No. 12: NO SELF-LIMITATIONS. Expect more of yourself.

#12 AJ Parker
True Freshman
5-11 | 163
Bartlesville, Okla.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Arlando Dwayne Parker Jr. (b. Feb. 15, 1998) is a promising young defensive back prospect from Oklahoma. He was a three-year starter at cornerback and wide receiver for head coach John McKee and Bartlesville High School.

Parker was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Oklahoma Team as a defensive back following his senior campaign, in addition to earning All-State honors from The Oklahoman, The Tulsa World and the Oklahoma Coaches Association. He also had honorable mention All-State accolades as a junior in 2014.

He helped to lead the Bruins to a 10-2 record and a trip to the semifinals of the Oklahoma Class 6A-II state playoffs in 2015. He also hauled in 65 passes for 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns between his junior and senior seasons.

Parker, who was selected to play this month in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game, also was a three-year starter in basketball, earning all-area honors, and participated in track and field, placing third in the state meet in the high jump as a sophomore and junior. You can watch Parker's high school highlights below: