Parker Commits, VT’s Roll Continues

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Two days after securing a commitment from Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) star Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech landed another quarterback commitment in the class of 2013.  Statesville (N.C.) signal caller Carlis Parker made the call for the maroon and orange today, choosing Virginia Tech over offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

Parker was offered by the Hokies before the start of his junior year, so certainly he was high on coach Frank Beamer’s list of 2013 quarterback targets.

“It feels really good,” said Parker, who delivered the news to head coach Frank Beamer, quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman earlier today.  “I feel like I really made the right decision.”

Parker’s interest in Virginia Tech was really sparked last summer.

“Last summer, when I went down for camp, I kind of knew,” Parker said.  “I just fell in love with the place.  I liked the environment.  The campus is big, but not too big.  I just felt comfortable right off the bat.  I felt it was the school for me.  But I didn’t want to rush into anything.  I wanted to be patient and look around other campuses.”

The Statesville standout was leaning heavily toward Tech before this past Saturday, when he was in Blacksburg to see the Spring Game.  The visit sealed it for Parker.

“What was icing on the cake was having the time to talk to the coaches,” Parker said.  “I had a real good talk with Coach O’Cain.  I’m very comfortable with him.”

Parker did not rule out the possibility of taking more visits down the road, but he certainly seems solid on his decision.  He plans to enroll at Tech in January of 2013.

“I just want to go ahead and get a feel of the school,” Parker said of his decision to enroll early.  “I want to go ahead and get ahead and learn.”

A torn LCL sidelined Parker for most of his junior season.  But he shined as a sophomore, throwing for 1,800 yards and rushing for 1,200 more.

“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,” Statesville head coach Randall Gusler said in an interview in late March. “When he