"The visit was great," says Danny Parker. "Not that I had any doubts before I went, but I'm absolutely sure I made the right decision now. Everything was just really comfortable with both me and my family."
In fact the entire Parker family attended and had a chance to meet with the coaching staff, academic advisors, while also touring the campus.
"I think my parents are really happy with the decision to attend Duke. They got a chance to see the level of academics up close. Everyone knows about them, but it's even more impressive when you get to see it first hand."
While the academics were as solid as he expected, one thing that did surprise Parker was the overall morale and attitude of the players. Especially coming off a season in which the Blue Devils failed to win a game.
"Nobody was hanging their head. They are already in the weight room and working really hard. They think things will begin to click on the field next season. A lot of them are really young guys, and need experience and a year in college before they can make an impact."
Recruited by offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien primarily, Parker began his high school career as a small forward on the basketball team before realizing his potential as a pass catching tight end on the gridiron. That athleticism and versatility is what has the Duke coaching staff looking forward to getting him on the field.
"They see me as a guy who can get down field and make things happen catching the ball. They told me what I need to do to make an immediate impact. I need to continue to work hard in the weight room and add good weight. A lot of people who have seen me know that our team did a lot of running last year, so I've learned how to block and move my feet pretty well. The coaches at Duke are looking for me to come in and be a weapon."
Parker is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com and as the nation's No. 43 overall tight end prospect.