The Colorado State Rams don’t have a head coach yet, but they’ve already landed a big commitment.
Tight end Mitchell Parsons was one of the crown jewels in the Vanderbilt Commodores’ 2013 recruiting class. The former four-star recruit was considered the nation’s seventh-best tight end prospect, according to Rivals.com.
After a redshirt season and no playing time this year, the native of Parker, Colorado, decided he wanted to play closer to home.
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Parsons’ transfer shouldn’t come as a surprise. He originally committed to head coach James Franklin, who left to take the job at Penn State less than a year later. Vanderbilt’s offense will again transition this offseason after new head coach Derek Mason fired offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell.
The tight end might not know who he’ll be playing for at Colorado State, but at least his family will only be an hour or so down the road.
Parsons will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. Once he is eligible to play, he’ll have an opportunity to replace Steven Walker, who will be a senior in 2015, as the team’s starting tight end.
(Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt athletic department)