Vanderbilt Lands Parsons

Mitch Parsons

The Parker (Colo.) Chaparral tight end, Mitch Parsons, is headed to the SEC...

Parker (Colo.) Chaparral tight end Mitch Parsons was once a Pac-12 commit, planning to stay in state.

But on Monday, Parsons made the decision to head out of state, out of region for that matter, and continue his football career in the SEC.

The one-time Colorado verbal, who parted ways with the Buffs in the fall, took an official visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend, and before he headed home, he told Commodores head coach James Franklin, he wanted to play at Vandy.

"I had an idea before I went on my trip, but I wanted to make sure everything was the way that I wanted it to be," said Parsons. "And it turned out what I wanted it to be. I talked with Coach Franklin for about an hour and a half today and he laid everything out. After that, my mom, my dad and I walked around and I decided that was where I wanted to go and after that I was a ‘Dore."

Parsons said Franklin was a big reason why he chose Vanderbilt.

"I'm excited to play for that man," said Parsons. "He's a very genuine guy and he's so competitive. I just enjoyed the way he carries himself. We went to lunch yesterday and I'd seen him around with the other recruits, but he came up to me and gave me a shake and a hug. He's an awesome coach."

The visit couldn't have gone better for Parsons.

"I really enjoyed the visit and I enjoyed the coaching staff and the coaches," said Parson. "They have a culture that is building down there. They want to win a national championship and SEC championships. I can tell you that much, they expect nothing but that, and I love that about them."

And the education also was tough to pass on.

"The education there, I mean, it's ranked 17th in the country, including public and private," said Parsons. "So with a degree from there, I'll be set. I'm excited about that."

And the opportunity to play in the SEC was too good to ignore.

"That's a big thing. One, they're in the SEC, and two, they're on the rise so I'm very excited to play there and to be able to go into Death Valley to play LSU or go into Alabama and play Alabama," said Parsons. "I'm excited to play in front of that crowd and fan support."

Parsons said he loved Nashville too.

"I love the fact that Vanderbilt is like a little bubble around campus, but then you have downtown Nashville a five-minute drive from campus, and there is endless entertainment and big city activities without the big city feel on campus," said Parsons.

Parsons said he was relieved to be done with the recruiting process, this time for good.

"I'm relieved because it's been so much stress, and making my decision is so much easier on me," said Parsons.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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