"I came to the conclusion that wherever you go no matter what you have to be happy and judging off my visit to Tulsa and visit to Iowa talking with players and viewing the city period, I felt comfortable with Iowa," Parker said. "It also was closer to home, even their away games."
Parker verbally committed to Tulsa in September and officially visited the school a week before his Iowa stop. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Christian Brothers College felt comfortable with the Golden Hurricane staff and felt he would be headed to the Oklahoma school before stopping into Iowa City.
Parker is a two-star recruit on Scout.com's five-star scale. He's coming off a senior season that saw him rush the ball 162 times for 1,111 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Parker joins LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley as running backs in Iowa's 2013 class. The Hawkeyes also return their top two rushers - Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock - next season as well as Jordan Canzeri, who sat out last season with an injury after leading the team in ground yards in the 2010 Insight Bowl.
"I've always been battling things out my whole life," Parker said of entering a crowded backfield. "I was taught that you can't worry about the next guy you have to take care of your own (business)."
Parker discussed with the Hawkeye coaches playing as a true freshmen. They agreed that it would be determined in his play during August camp.
"It's about 50/50 chance," Parker said. "But I know how hard I work and judging off that I'll give myself 95-percent chance. My goal is to out work the next man."
Signing day serves as a stress reliever for a lot of prospects ending a long recruiting process.
"The feeling is great, but you tend to get nervous just thinking about your future," Parker said.