Statesville Stars Attended UNC Game

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Statesville (N.C.) juniors Carlis Parker and Tristan Mumford were in Blacksburg last Thursday for Virginia Tech’s win over ACC rival North Carolina. The two gridiron standouts attended camp at Tech this past summer, and it appears they enjoyed the return trip.

“He had a really good time,” Statesville head coach Randall Gusler said of Parker, a 6’4″, 185-pound quarterback prospect. “He really enjoyed it. It was a cold game, but it was really nice and he liked the atmosphere. One thing that impressed him too was when he was down on the sideline. Him and Tristan both got to go out and speak with Coach Beamer. A bunch of recruits were there, but only a couple got to walk out and see Coach Beamer.”

Mumford, a 6’1″, 225-pound athlete prospect, “likes Virginia Tech. He is very impressed with everything they’ve done,” Gusler said. “He was impressed with everything he saw.”

Neither player is close to making a college commitment, though both have seen most of the schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. There is no clear favorite for either player, Gusler says.

“Both of them are just enjoying the process right now. I think that’s the best way to put it,” Gusler said. “They want to see what is out there.”

Parker enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, throwing for 1,800 yards and rushing for another 1,200. The talented signal caller was primed for continued success this season, but he suffered a torn LCL in Statesville’s season opener and would miss the rest of the season. The injury forced Gusler and company to look elsewhere for their quarterback, but it has not hindered Parker’s status in the eyes of college coaches.

South Carolina was the first school to offer Parker, who has since added Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“All of the ones that had offered have said the offer still stands,” Gusler said. “He showed he was a phenomenal athlete as a sophomore. He had such a great summer, doing 7-on-7 and all that stuff. He really worked on his mechanics. He was throwing the ball really well. At Virginia Tech’s camp, they wanted him to run the 40 to make sure he was as fast as advertised, and he ran in the 4.4s. He’s fast and tall and he can do whatever you want him to do.”

Parker is well