After a dazzling summer, Chandler Parsons saw his recruitment reach new heights. He knew he would have to trim his list of schools to a manageable number and on Monday, he did so. Seven schools are now in the final race for the 6-foot-8 forward from Lake Howell (Fla.) High School.
Parsons, the No. 30 overall player in the class of 2007, told Rivals.com on Tuesday morning that LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Indiana, South Florida and Oklahoma make his final seven.
"Obviously, these seven are all great programs with great coaches and great situations. I know I'd be happy with any of them. They are all the same but all different at the same time. Each of them has something different that I like about them. I can't wait to see them all for myself instead of taking someone else's word about them."
The four-star prospect said he has tentative official visit dates set up with Tennessee on Sept. 1, LSU on Sept. 8 and Notre Dame on Sept. 16 (which will likely have to be rescheduled because of his senior homecoming). Trips to Indiana and Oklahoma are still unscheduled.
Parsons said he doesn't anticipate an official visit to South Florida "because I've been there like 100 times before" and Florida is in the same position "but coach (Billy) Donovan wants me to come in so he and I can talk face to face." Parsons said there is a chance he makes a trip to Gainesville in three weeks.
"The visits will definitely leave an impression on me," he said. "I want to be comfortable with what college I go to."
Location will not be a factor, he said.
"Being closer will be a selfish decision because my family can come and see me play a lot easier," he said. "Florida and South Florida are only an hour and a half away. They'd be able to enjoy it a little bit more but my family is so supportive that if I went to Gonzaga, they'd be at every game."
Whether near or far, Parsons will be a hot commodity down to the wire.