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BYU roundup: Cougars still very much on Jabari Parker's radar

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 11:35 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Chicago, Simeon Career Academy's Jabari Parker, walks down the school's hallway after he is named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Parker does not seek the material trophies and medals with his basketball success, on the contrary, Parker would give them to kids following him after big games as a token of appreciation, so the coaches now grab them from him quickly.

M. Spencer Green, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Deseret News

BYU is still in the running to land prep basketball star Jabari Parker.

Parker will host home visits with eight schools, including BYU coach Dave Rose, in the coming weeks, according to CSNChicago.com.

"Parker, one of the top recruits in the nation, announced that eight schools will meet with him over the coming weeks, his mother, Lola, told Evan Daniels of Scout.com," writes Mark Strotman. "Florida's Billy Donovan was the first coach to travel to Chicago to meet with the 6-foot-8 Parker, and DePaul, BYU and Kansas will also meet with him this week. The following week, North Carolina, Michigan State and Duke will meet with Parker. The week after that, Stanford is set to make a trip to visit him."

Could BYU football be the last of the BCS busters? ESPN's Brad Edwards says it could happen.

FoxSports.com also includes BYU in a list of potential BCS hopefuls.

"If the No. 25 Cougars (2-0) are going to make their first-ever BCS appearance this season, their best bet is to go undefeated," writes Sam Gardner. "But that’s asking a ton of BYU in its second season as an independent, considering that games against Utah, Boise State, Oregon State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech still loom large."

Finally, Stewart Mandel of SI.com says BYU is "underrated."

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