"I have been to a lot of schools and toured a lot of schools, but I just fell in love with Auburn," Parkey tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The facilities and just everything I loved better than any other college. The fact that they wanted me as much as I wanted to go there was terrific.
"I contacted them last night and they offered me a full scholarship and I accepted," he adds. "I have been kicking for a long time and my goal was to possibly get a scholarship somewhere. I have been working hard. I'm currently ranked number one in the country on chrissailorkicking.com and my dream came true by getting a scholarship to Auburn."
With interest from all the state schools such as Florida State, Florida and Miami as well as many other top programs, Parkey had a wide variety of choices for the 2010 season, but he notes that one visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium really showed him what he wanted his future to be.
"I went to the Auburn-LSU game," Parkey says. "It was awesome. All of the fans were different than everyone else. They were so nice. Even if they lose they have their heads up looking towards the next game. The crowd was just amazing. I've never been to a football game like that. Down here we get into it, but they are diehard football fans, diehard Auburn Tigers and I love it."
In addition to the Auburn fans, Parkey says that the relationship he's built with Auburn special teams coach Eddie Gran has also been important. Getting to know him, coach Tommy Tuberville, and some of the other staff members put Parkey at ease about his early decision.
"I have met a few of them and they are nice," Parkey says. "Coach Gran is a really nice guy. He's down to earth and knows what to do to get his recruits. Coach Tuberville is just one of the nicest and best coaches around. He's basically welcomed me to the Auburn family. I was glad about that."
Sharing kicking duties with his older brother, a senior at Venice, Parkey connected on 5-7 field goals in 2008 with both misses blocked. He made kicks from 55, 52, 49, 45 and 37 yards with his job as the long distance kicker. He says that his range is even more than that.
"In practice I have gone back to 65 yards with a little wind at my back," Parkey says. "On kickoffs I kick off a one-inch tee, which is what they do in college. Pretty much every one my coach told me was a touchback. I think I kicked four or five through the uprights which is 70 or 75 yards which is what you need in college."
Using a one-inch tee on kickoffs is not the only preparation Parkey has already started for his college career. He says he's also spent some time kicking off the ground and plans to incorporate more of that down the road.
"During the season to give my team the best of my abilities I kick off a one-inch tee, but after this season I kick off the ground," Parkey says. "I'm working on that right now. That's a big part of things. I know a few guys that didn't think it would make a difference and it screwed up their college careers. I'm starting early on that."
Parkey's strong leg is due to his size and also a career playing soccer. Parkey says he played travel soccer until giving up the sport to concentrate on football during his sophomore season.