DJ Parker …the other corner for the two-time state champion Phoebus Phantoms. Of course, he is also the quarterback and the leader and perhaps the heart and soul of the two-time state champion Phoebus Phantoms.
The quiet and unassuming Parker became the leader of one of the most talented teams in the state of Virginia during his senior season.
“He is definitely not as vocal as Xavier and Phillip,” said Phoebus assistant coach Stan Sexton. “But I feel he is in the same category as those two. He was the leader of our team this year, and that’s an honorable title to give out on this team.”
Due to necessity, Parker was asked to play the quarterback position early in the year. While quarterback is not his natural position by any means, he did what was best to help the team capture another championship.
In the end, he did well, accounting for 17 touchdowns and playing his new position with efficiency.
“He wasn’t used to playing quarterback, but he did it to help the team,” said Sexton. “He really did a great job of not committing turnovers and managing the game.”
The 6-0, 170 pound prospect brought great intangibles to the quarterback position. Parker is the type of player every team needs to succeed, as he is the consummate team player.
“Not to use a cliche, but DJ is the type of player, that if you told him to run through a brick wall, he would do it for you,” said Sexton.
Of course, there is some pretty good talent there as well. Parker is an excellent athlete, and looks to play either cornerback or wide receiver in college.
He came down with six interceptions from his cornerback position. With all-everything prospect Phillip Brown manning the other corner, Parker received much of the action from opposing offenses.
“He was always known as the other corner, but I think we have the best pair of corners in the state,” said Sexton. “Many times, schools would stay completely away from Phillip and pass to DJ, and they would find out quickly how good he is. In one game against Kecoughtan, the quarterback didn’t throw one pass to Brown’s side of the field. The one pass they threw at DJ, he intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
“DJ’s got great talent, and he really has good football sense.”
Recently, Parker earned a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. According to Sexton, he was very excited about the offer and looks forward to the visit on January 24. He is being recruited...
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