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FSU defensive tackle to be medically disqualified

More often than you’d like to see, injuries get in the way of a players talent and make a significant impact on careers. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the situation Florida State defensive tackle Ja’len Parks is dealing with. Parks injured his ankle prior to last season and missed all of 2018 with the injury. He’s been rehabbing to get back on the field but it’s simply not working.

Willie Taggart announced today at a press conference prior to FSU’s first practice at IMG Academy that the former four-star prospect will medically retire. Parks won’t be on the field with the team this season but his scholarship will be honored so he can finish his education.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle never got a chance to step on the field during his college career. He redshirted in 2017 while participating on the scout team before being plagued with injuries in 2018.

Many may not remember, but as the cousin and high school teammate of fellow ‘Nole Cory Durden, Parks was actually considered the better of the two during their prep careers. Parks was rated as the No. 140 overall player, the No. 9 defensive tackle, and the No. 25 prospect in Florida in the 2017 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, earning him a four-star distinction. Durden was rated as the No. 361 overall player, the No. 24 defensive tackle, and the No. 45 prospect in Florida in the same class according to the composite rankings. He earned a three-star distinction.

Parks was also selected to the U.S. Army All-American game during his senior season. He committed to Florida State on the same day he was offered, nearly three years before the 2017 signing period, on July 18, 2014. The talent was there, injuries just got in the way. Good luck to Ja’len moving forward.


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