Statesville (N.C.) quarterback Carlis Parker missed his junior season due to a knee injury, but has still been able to nab six tenders on the recruiting trail, thanks to an outstanding sophomore campaign. In 2010, the youngster threw for 1,792 yards and 11 touchdowns while he also ran for 1,180 yards and 13 more scores.
"It was a real big season and we got to the second round of the playoffs before we lost to A.L. Brown," he remembered. "This past season, we had another big season so, this year, I'm just looking for a ring.
"I'm really looking forward to my senior season because I feel like I have a lot to prove."
Although the injury was obviously a tough obstacle for the 6-foot-4, 185-pound signal caller to overcome, it has not affected any of the colleges recruiting Parker, who has been clocked as fast as 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
"The same colleges that were recruiting me [before the injury] are still recruiting me," he said. "So far, I haven't made a decision as far as where I want to be at. I just want to go to a college that best fits me and is somewhere where I have a chance to go in and play right away.
"A lot of colleges tell me they want me to come in and play quarterback and then some colleges say it doesn't matter, it's whatever I want to play. To me, it doesn't really matter, but I still want to give it a shot at quarterback. I'm a dual-threat quarterback, I can run and pass, but I can play many other positions, too. As a quarterback, I can make just about any throw, I'm just always real calm and I always give it one hundred percent."
East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have already extended tenders to Parker, who says a host of other programs are also in pursuit. He said that Auburn, Oregon, Purdue, Florida, Clemson and Virginia were also in pursuit.
"I want to get down to Florida and Auburn [for unofficial visits]," he said. "I want to get down to Clemson more because I didn't make it to a game this year. I want to get up to Maryland, as well.
"Basically all of the schools that have offered me are recruiting me hard. Other schools that haven't offered but are recruiting me real hard are Florida, Clemson and Purdue. I'd say Florida and Clemson are on me the most."
Parker attended NC State's junior day on Jan. 21 and was looking forward to learning more about the Wolfpack.
"NC has offered me already," he said. "I really like their program. I've only been down there once, so I don't really have a good feel for it right now, but I plan on getting down there more and trying to get a feel for the program and coaches."
Right now, though, Parker is focused on making sure his knee is fully recovered and ready for what he expects to be a standout senior campaign.
"So far, I've been working out hard and everything, just getting my knee back right and everything. I'm just now getting back into full swing. I can run now, so it's going real good. I don't have my full speed right now, but I'm getting there."
"I've always been real big on my speed so I'm always working to improve it. My last 40 was over the summer when I ran it at Virginia Tech, that was a 4.4. Going up there and running that was real big for me because I know at VT, they like dual-threat quarterbacks that can really run and throw the ball. They're big on me and have offered. They just always compare me to Michael Vick."
Although Parker is in a hurry to get back to full speed on the game field, he'll be taking his time when figuring out his future home for college.
"I'm going to wait it out until after my senior year to decide where I'm going because I just don't want to rush anything," he said. "I want to make sure it's the best fit for me."
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