For Aidan Parks, better late than never was absolutely the truth.
After helping lead Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, California to the CIF Division 4-AA State Bowl Championship as a junior, Parks earned a 3-star recruiting rating. The 6-foot, 205-pounder with excellent play recognition and instinct fielded offers from UNLV and Nevada of the FBS as well as defending Big Sky Conference champion UC Davis during the spring of 2019.
Davis rose to the front of the line because of the school’s academic prowess and recent winning ways. And when Montana State came to the table the first week of June, Parks didn’t think much of an offer from the Bobcats.
“They were my last offer and to be quite honest, I wasn’t really too sure I would want to go there,” Parks said in an interview in December. “It was a late thing to happen in my recruiting process. I was already looking at my top option at the time, UC Davis. But I kept Montana State in mind.”
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