Parker Set For Early Enrollment

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When we last checked in on Carlis Parker , the senior quarterback recruit was working towards being able to graduate from Statesville High School (N.C.) in December so he could enroll at Virginia Tech in January.  Barring anything unforeseen, it appears he will accomplish those goals.

“He’s doing great,” Statesville head coach Randall Gusler said of Parker, a 6’4″, 185-pound prospect who committed to Virginia Tech on April 23.  “He actually has already been accepted by Virginia Tech.  He will play in the (North Carolina/South Carolina) Shrine Bowl next week.  Him and [fellow Statesville senior athlete Tristan Mumford] are both playing in the Shrine Bowl.  Both will come back, take exams early, and then they’ll be graduating and moving on.  Tristan is enrolling at East Carolina and Carlis at Virginia Tech.”

Parker, an excellent athlete, racked up 2,160 total yards (1,201 passing, 959 rushing) of offense in 2012, despite the fact that he missed three games with a knee injury.  Also, from the time he returned from the injury (late regular season) throughout the playoffs, he split time at quarterback with Mumford.

Statesville won three playoff games to reach the 3-AA West region final.  The Greyhounds fell to Charlotte Catholic in the regional final but had a successful 2012 season, finishing with a 13-2 overall record.

On Tuesday, Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain visited Parker, who is being recruited by the Hokies solely as a quarterback.  The talented athlete has the speed and size to play another position such as receiver (he also started at free safety for the Greyhounds), but quarterback is the only position the Tech staff has mentioned.

“We haven’t discussed anything else,” Gusler said.  “Every discussion we’ve had is about Carlis playing quarterback.”

Parker rushed quite a bit in the Greyhounds offense.  According to Gusler, the standout athlete ran a lot of zone reads, jet series runs.  He said Parker was “amazing” in that aspect of the offense.  Should Parker become Virginia Tech’s starter down the road, Hokie fans could expect to see his dual-threat abilities front and center.

“Sitting down and talking the other day, it was Carlis, myself, and Coach O’Cain.  Carlis asked about the direction of the offense,” Gusler recalled.  “Coach O’Cain said that they are