Colby Parkinson got a little taste of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl experience during an unofficial visit to Stanford last weekend.
Among the other Army Bowl All-Americans on campus were quarterback Davis Mills and offensive tackles Walker Little and Foster Sarrell. Mills and Parkinson are Stanford commits; Little and Sarrell remain uncommitted.
Parkinson, the nation’s No. 1 tight end, got a bigger taste when he put on his honorary jersey Tuesday as the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, Calif.
“Seeing all my friends and my classmates and my teammates around, it was pretty surreal,” he said of the ceremony. “This is definitely an exciting time in my life.”
Beyond just seeing future or potential future teammates, Parkinson is looking forward to the events in San Antonio in January as a means to uphold both family and school traditions.
“My uncles and both my grandfathers served and I’ve always loved the tradition of the Army All-American Game,” he said. “There are also plenty of Oaks Christian players before me who have gone and I see the banners in the gym so I wanted to keep that tradition going.”
While Parkinson will play for the West and Mills will play for the West, the two already have built a relationship by playing on the same team at The Opening Final over the summer.
“We had a great time at The Opening and really bonded,” Parkinson said. “We had a good connection on the field and off the field. I think we can get to Stanford, we’ll really have some fun and show our ability.”
Whomever the Stanford quarterback is should have fun with the two tight-end sets that Parkinson and Kaden Davis could form. Davis was a four-star recruit last spring from Flower Mound, Texas. Parkinson is 6-6, 225; Smith is
“I was talking to one of the coaches at The Opening and he said he had never seem two tight ends like us at the same school,” Parkinson said. “We could be a deadly combination and dominate teams with our physicality and ability.”