Hokies In Hot Pursuit Of NC QB

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Quarterback Carlis Parker missed most of his junior season due to a torn LCL, but he’s healthy now and ready to assume a starring role for Statesville (N.C.).

“Spring practice is going real good,” said the 6’4″, 185-pound signal caller.  “The knee feels great.  I’m running a lot and everything, and I’m a lot stronger.”

Statesville head coach Randall Gusler, whose team boasts three major FBS recruits (Parker, ATH Tristan Mumford and CB Breon Borders), concurs with Parker’s assessment.

“Carlis looks really good,” Gusler said.  “He is doing all the skill and drill stuff.  “I know he has gotten much stronger.  I can see it in his upper body.  The kid benched 315 pounds.  He’s very strong, and you can see it in his chest and shoulders.  He’s moving around very well.  He’s working extremely well in the weight room.  He seems to be gaining his confidence back.”

Parker’s abilities were on full display his sophomore season, when he totaled 3,000 yards of offense.  He has produced in the passing game, but it’s his abilities in the ground game that separate him from others according to his head coach.

“Carlis is such a dangerous runner.  He throws really well.  As a sophomore he passed for 1,800 yards, but he also rushed for 1,200 yards.  He excels as a true dual-threat quarterback,” Gusler said.  “When he gets pressured, he is able to pull and run with it.  He’s such a tall, lean kid.  He takes two steps and covers five yards.  He’s a long-strider, but he is able to make people miss.  He’s a perfect dual-threat quarterback.”

If not for the injury, Parker may have more offers.  As of now, though, he is holding steady at seven:  Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.  Parker does not plan on committing until after his senior season.

“Right now I don’t really know what schools I’m looking at most seriously,” Parker said when asked if he had any favorites.

The Tar Heel state product is not in any hurry to commit, but he has seen a few schools and plans to take more visits this spring and summer.  Parker visited South Carolina recently along with a handful of teammates, and he says he will head to Virginia Tech next for a spring practice.  He attended a Tech one-day camp

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