Parsons talks Vandy

Mitchell Parsons

Tight end was a position the Vanderbilt coaches need to address in this year's recruiting class. In the past two days, they've picked up a pair of good ones in Brandon Vandenburg and Mitchell Parsons. Waiting at the National International Airport to go back to his Denver area home, Parsons spoke with VandyMania.com on the commitment he made to James Franklin over the weekend.

Tight end was a position the Vanderbilt coaches need to address in this year's recruiting class. In the past two days, they've picked up a pair of good ones in Brandon Vandenburg and Mitchell Parsons. Waiting at the National International Airport to go back to his Denver area home, Parsons spoke with VandyMania.com on the commitment he made to James Franklin over the weekend.

"When I went into my one-on-one meeting with Coach Franklin I knew I was ready to commit," said Mitchell Parsons. "We just started talking about what I thought about everything I saw at Vanderbilt that I liked, then I let him know that this was where I wanted to play. He was very excited. He jumped up and hugged me and my parents. Then he started yelling to the coaches, 'we got a new 'Dore!' All of the coaches then came and congratulated me. It was great. My mom was really into it. She started crying afterward."

Parsons had once been committed to the University of Colorado in March, but then decommitted in October. He was recruited heavily by Ole Miss and California, but has found his next home in Nashville.

"I loved it," Parsons said of the Tennessee capital city. "Originally, I wanted to go to a small, college town. At Vanderbilt, you get the best of both worlds. On campus, you'd never know you were just right outside of a big city. It's kind of like it's own little bubble, but easy to leave. I'm going to enjoy living there for four years."

Many of the long-time committed players were on their official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend. Parsons arrived a day late but got to experience and extra day on campus with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

"It was great getting to hang out with all of the other commits on Saturday night before they left," he said. "It was nice though to get some one-on-one treatment with the coaches. Last night we went to Dave & Busters for bowling and arcade games. It was a blast.

"Coach Bankins is an awesome guy. He came out bowling with us and I had such a good time being around him. In his office we broke down film. He wants every single one of his players to be successful. He takes a personal interest in them. It's his goal to bring out their best. They like me in more of an H-back role where I'd line up in the backfield while occasionally spreading out of putting my hand on the ground attached to the line. I think it's a great fit for who I am as a player."

Patton Robinette, who redshirted this past season in his freshman year, served as Parsons' player-host for the weekend. When he gets back to Colorado, Parsons plans to get in top condition for when he reports to Vanderbilt this summer.

"I'm playing basketball right now to stay in shape," Parson stated. "I'm lifting and working out with Matt McKenzie, a former Denver Bronco. A lot of the Division 1 kids from Colorado like Dan Skipper are working out with him to get ourselves ready for the next level. The plan is for me to be [at Vanderbilt] in June, but I'm going to have an in-home visit with Coach Bankins where we'll talk more about it."

Parsons, 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, played at Chaparral High School in Parker, Colo. He had 45 receptions for 754 yards (a 16.8 yards-per-catch average) with seven touchdowns as a senior. Parsons was selected and played in the 7th annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl played at Houston's Reliant Stadium on December 30th. Other Vanderbilt commitments, Jay Woods, Mack Weaver, Carlos Burse, and Nigel Bowden, also competed in the game.

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