Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team has announced the signing of local standout Robert “RJ” Parker to a National Letter of Intent.
“RJ is a real diamond in the rough and has a bright future ahead of him,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We are honored with his commitment and look forward to working with him.”
The 6’3″ Parker, born in Orem, but raised in Bountiful, Utah, has lived the last year in Irvine, California to train at the Advantage Tennis Academy under coach Jimmy Johnson. Under Johnson’s tutelage, Parker improved from a 2-star to a 4-star recruit and ranked as high as No. 1 in the state of Utah.
“I’m so happy, excited and truly blessed to be getting this amazing opportunity,” said Parker. “My coach, Jimmy Johnson, played a crucial role in both my tennis and personal development. I have my family to thank as well for their constant support throughout my journey.”
Parker started playing tennis at the age of 9 and competed for Woods Cross High School during his freshman and sophomore years, before making the move to train in California. In January, he was the runner up at the Intermountain Regional Masters and just this past weekend he won the Intermountain Fall Championships partnering Jon Dollahite. Furthermore he competed at the Zonal Team Championships and represented the Intermountain section at the 2015 National Team Championships.
“I chose Utah because it feels like home and I knew that I would thrive there in both tennis and as a person. I also found an amazing connection with the coaching staff and know they are the right fit to take me to the next level,” Parker concluded.
Both of Parker’s parents, Todd and Allison, are graduates from BYU, and his father even played football and baseball for the Cougars. Parker enjoys golf, bowling and is a big movie buff.
Welcome to the Ute family RJ!