2013 Report: Michael Parker Scores Sixth Offer

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Kettle Run’s (Nokesville, VA) Michael Parker earned major FBS scholarship offer number six last Friday, following what Cougars head coach Jeff Lloyd called the best game of the 6’4″, 210-pound junior’s varsity career. Parker, in his second season on the varsity level, played a different position defensively last week and responded well.

“You can tell he has a D1 body. He has the height, size, and speed [D1 college coaches] look for. There aren’t a whole lot of kids that look like him on the high school level,” Lloyd said of Parker. “Looking like a top player and being a top player is what Michael is doing now. His best game was last Friday. We moved him from free safety to more of a strong safety position, and he had eight tackles, two sacks, and a pass interception.”

A member of the Kettle Run freshman football squad in 2009, Parker made the move to the varsity level in 2010. Coach Lloyd further discussed the promising prospect’s improvement while on the varsity level.

“A lot of it is usual progression. Some of it is a maturing thing and figuring out what we’re asking him to do,” Lloyd said. “A year ago, he was trying to grasp the information. He was thinking more than reacting.”

Parker is used in a variety of ways on the offensive side of the ball. He is certainly a threat there, but defense appears to be his future.

“He’s just a better defensive player than an offensive player,” Lloyd said. “Everybody that is recruiting him is recruiting him for defense.”

Maryland coaches were in attendance for Kettle Run’s 21-13 win over Eastern View last week. Impressed, the Terps offered and now join Boston College, N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech on Parker’s offer list. The early recruiting success and attention hasn’t negatively affected Parker, as Lloyd says “he has handled the attention well. He gets a stack of letters every day, but he has handled it well.”

The Kettle Run coach updated Parker’s decision making process. To date, the in-state standout has visited Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“I’ve told him he doesn’t need to