Parker Cothren

PARKER COTHREN
Defensive end

Home town: Hazel Green, Ala.
High school: Hazel Green
Listed as: 6-foot-5, 265 pounds
Commitment date: November 21, 2012
Rated as: He is ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247sports.com. He is rated a 2-star recruit by scout.com and

Of note: Cothren originally committed to Purdue but switched when it became apparent Purdue was going to fire coach Danny Hope ... He fielded other offers from Tulane, South Alabama, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State and Troy, as well as some SEC interest

In his words
"All of the schools I had offers from, I don't think most made it to a bowl game. And, if they did, they weren't playing in front of a bigger crowd than Penn State sees. Just because (Penn State) can't make a bowl (because of the NCAA sanctions), I was thinking, they still have a stadium that holds 100,000-and-however-many people and they sell out every week. What bowl could you play in front of that would be bigger than that?"

"I liked everything about (Penn State) -- the coaches, the facilities, the trainers, the players. All the players were really cool, and I just liked it. I felt like I fit in. But I went to the stadium and saw the fans and how crazy they acted and how into the game they were, and that's really what made my decision."

Tweet from the Cothren family

Some highlights from Parker's senior season at Hazel Green

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