Three of Virginia’s most highly rated 2010 class recruits intend to stick with their commitments. West Rowan (Mount Ulla, N.C.) running back Rijo Walker say they will sign with the Cavaliers in February.
The 5-7, 190-pound running back, the first prospect to commit to UVa’s 2010 class, certainly isn’t happy with Al Groh’s departure, but the news doesn’t appear to have impacted his decision.
“I’m still solid in my commitment,” Parks said. “I really hate what happened to Al Groh and I feel bad for him. Things didn’t work out well, but you have to move on. UVa still recognized my scholarship. They are still showing me love and I’m going to show them love.”
Parks formed a good relationship with running backs coach Wayne Lineburg, who was also let go. He is hopeful that Lineburg will be brought back by the new coach, but Lineburg’s status will not ultimately change Parks’ mind.
“I feel like whoever the new coach is should give Coach Lineburg another chance,” Parks said. “I’m really, really hoping he gets another chance. If he doesn’t, it would kind of hurt.
“I said when I first committed that I wouldn’t commit to any coaches. I would love for Coach Lineburg to stay, but if he doesn’t I have to move on.”
With seniors Rashawn Jackson and Mikell Simpson exiting the running back corps next season, Parks could have an opportunity for early playing time. Displaying the attitude that helped him become the state of North Carolina’s all-time leading rusher, Parks isn’t taking anything for granted.
“If I come in, work hard, give everything I have, I might have a chance [to play next season],” he said. “You have to work for everything.”
While he waits to learn which direction the Virginia program will go in, Parks is focused on helping his current team to a second consecutive Class 3-A state championship. West Rowan...
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