There may not have been a bigger moment in the young career of Oklahoma safety Steven Parker than the closing seconds of last year’s TCU game. With the Frogs threatening to take the lead, Parker showed off his vertical leaping ability to swat away the 2-point conversion pass that was intended for Shaun Nixon.
After playing in all thirteen games as a freshman in 2014, Parker became a starter in 2015 where he recorded 60 tackles, a fumble recovery, and four pass breakups. A bit of a “floater” on defense, Parker started eight games at strong safety, three at free safety, and two at nickelback last fall.
A product of Jenks High School (Oklahoma), Parker was a four-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports. He was a two-way player in high school (receiver & defensive back), but excelled on the defensive side where he was a Top 10 safety prospect. Parker turned down offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M to stay home and play for the Sooners.