After a wild day, Sebastian River (Sebastian, Fla.) four-star defensive end Jarez Parks has committed to Alabama.
After walking out of his scheduled signing ceremony Wednesday morning without announcing a decision, Parks made his commitment to the Crimson Tide known in a Facebook Live video with TCPalm Prep Zone.
In the Facebook video, Parks said he was rethinking his choice while driving to the school.
Bleacher Report also had a video queued up of Parks announcing his commitment to Alabama from the Eiffel Tower, perhaps the first football recruit to do so.
The decision did not come easily on a day filled with twists and turns.
Earlier Wednesday, according to multiple reporters at the school, the U.S. Army All-American announced through tears that he had not yet made his decision.
The No. 93 player and No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the country according to the 247Sports Composite, Parks was also considering Florida State and Florida.
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The 6-foot-3, 253 pounder was a Class 7A first-team all-state and first-team all-area pick after his senior season.
Earlier in the day, TideSports.com Recruiting Analyst Andrew Bone said that Parks had intended on committing to Alabama. However, Bone told Rivals.com that the staff asked Parks to wait, apparently because they are waiting on five-star defensive end LaBryan Ray‘s decision.
“The numbers are tight and Alabama will only have room for him if Ray goes elsewhere,” Bone told Rivals.com. “Sometimes the spots fill up fast and there are a lot of moving parts.”
According to 247Sports, Auburn, Baylor, Miami and Georgia had reached out to Parks to show interest.
Now, he is joining the Crimson Tide’s top-ranked recruiting class. All’s well that ends well, right?
Below are Parks’ highlights from his junior season.