Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 294 pounds
Hometown/High School: Fort Washington, Maryland (National Christian Academy)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.9275 247Sports Composite)
Notable Offers: Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia Tech
Aaryn Parks first came onto Penn State’s radar when he camped for the Nittany Lion staff last June. A week after his camp showing, Parks earned an offer from the Nittany Lion coaching staff. He would visit campus again before the end of the summer and returned for their victory over Kent State in September.
After these visits, the Nittany Lions began to emerge as Parks’ leader. The problem was he had not visited many other schools. So, this winter, Parks set out to visit schools. However, even after visiting other schools Penn State could not be topped, in his mind.
With the commitment of Parks, the Nittany Lions are putting together one of the best offensive line classes in the country. Parks is already the fifth offensive line commit for the Nittany Lions in their 2020 class, and he is the highest rated of those five.
Parks is also a teammate of four-star cornerback commit Joshua Moten. This could be the start of a pipeline at emerging DMV powerhouse National Christian Academy for James Franklin and company.
At 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, size is not an issue for Parks. He is a big, strong kid that can bully people around on the offensive line. However, his body will need some shaping. So, this should put him in line for a redshirt year to work with Dwight Galt when he arrives on campus.
Parks does a good job of firing off the ball and knocking defenders back. He has a bad habit of playing high and needs to be better with his hand placement, but these are two things he and Matt Limegrover should be able to clean up. Parks is a violent, punishing run blocker with a nasty streak in him. He is also a good athletic for his size.
Parks is a player that has a history of performing well against other top talent. At the Rivals D.C. Camp earlier this month, Parks was named the offensive line MVP of the event. There is something to be said for players who are at their best when the lights are shining brightly. The types of players Parks defeated in 1-on-1s at the Rivals Camp are the types of players the Nittany Lions will need him to be able to handle in the Big Ten.