By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison Central senior Brandon Parks always seems to make a big-time impact every time he steps onto the football field.
That was the case once again Sunday.
Parks, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman, had two sacks and a batted down a pass in the annual Best of the Bluegrass Bowl at St. Xavier High School. The Central senior was also named Kentucky’s Defensive Player of the Game.
The Louisville All-Stars won the game, 9-8.
“It seemed like on both sides of the ball it was all about defense, but the offenses struggled,” Parks said. “I had fun playing defense.”
The third-annual contest featured the best players from the Louisville metro area against the top player from the rest of the state. The game featured only 374 yards of total offense and Louisville’s Karl Roesler (St. Xavier) blocked a would-be game winning field goal on the final play of the game.
Madison Central seniors Dominique Hawkins (running back) and Ken-Jah Bosley were selected to the Kentucky team, but did not play in the game.
Parks had a tremendous senior season at Madison Central.
The senior had 60 tackles, blocked six kicks, had 5.5 sacks and recovered four fumbles, one of which he returned 43 yards for a touchdowns. He also had 14 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries.
Because of his on-field performances, Parks has also been selected to play in the 2013 Border Bowl. That game features the best players from Kentucky going up against the top players from Tennessee.
The sixth-annual Border Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the University of the Cumberlands.
“I’m excited about that one,” Parks said. “That’s going to be fun. I was talking to (Central) coach (Bert Browne) and he said that’s the biggest bowl. I can’t wait for that one.”
Browne will serve as an assistant coach for the Kentucky squad in this year’s Border Bowl.
Parks emerged as a Division I prospect last year and showcased his skills at a series of camps last summer. The Central standout participated in an NFL High School Player Development Camp in Lexington and was later selected to be part of a national NFL camp in Indianapolis.
He attended a Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, Ohio and also went to camps at Ball State, the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee.
Parks is scheduled to take the ACT later this month, and as a result he is not NCAA eligible yet and has not officially received any scholarship offers.
But, there has plenty of interest in the defensive lineman.
A long list of schools have contacted Parks, including Kentucky, EKU, Louisville, Tennessee, Ball State and Indiana.
But, the Central senior says that right now another school is at the top of his list — Oklahoma.
“That would be my No. 1 pick,” Parks said. “I plan on going there and talking to the coach (soon).”
Parks has visited several schools. but he has not been to Oklahoma, yet. He hopes to visit the Norman, Ok., campus early next year.
“I’ve got to do what’s best for me,” Parks said.
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