BYU Fans Trying to Persuade Jabari Parker with T-Shirts
Top basketball recruit Jabari Parker is a highly sought after player and many elite college programs are fighting for the senior from Chicago Simeon Career Academy. Two BYU Cougars fans however have decided to take the recruiting matter in their own hands, or t-shirts I should say.
According to ESPN.com, fans Greg Welch and Tony Brown have made 6,300 t-shirts that read, “Chicago to Provo.” The shirts were able to be purchased from more than 200 donations to the website CougarBoard.com.
On Friday Parker made his official visit to the Cougars and is expected to be in attendance for the game against Cal State Northridge. As of now, the Cougars are on the outside looking in to get Parker as schools like the Duke Blue Devils, Michigan State Spartans and Florida Gators seem to be the front-runners in this race.
As some of you may or may not know however, and a big reason why the Cougars are still in this conversation, is that Parker is a Mormon. That, coupled with the Cougars recent success, all plays a big role in Parker’s final decision. Not to mention seeing 6,300 t-shirts telling you to come to school at BYU has to make you feel somewhat special.
I have seen some crazy ploys to get a highly touted recruit to come to certain programs, but this one ranks right up there with one of the better ideas. To be able to get just a few hundred would be something special, but to be able to print over 6,000 shirts is extraordinary. For two die-hard fans to not only come up with the idea but to also receive so many donations shows just how important Parker would be to their program.
Do I think the Cougars will wind up with Parker? I don’t think it’s likely but I and the rest of the country should take note: do not count the BYU Cougars out quite yet.
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