Kicker, Class of 2020
Bluefield High School, Bluefield, WV
As soon as it happened on Saturday, Bluefield (WV) 2020 kicker Kaulin Parris wanted to post the news on Twitter. Parris said he was logged out of the application and couldn’t remember the password.
After numerous reboots of the application and his phone, Parris posted Monday morning that he had received a preferred walk-on offer from Virginia Tech. The offer came after he visited Blacksburg with his father Saturday. It’s a start to his recruitment that Parris said he’s still pinching himself about, but it’s likely just a start.
“I was so excited to post it and I had to wait,” Parris said. “Then my phone was acting up, and I couldn’t talk to anyone. Of all the days, I wanted to post it. I posted it three times and it wouldn’t work. I just got this phone. I had to restart it three times. I did it on my phone, I just had to update it.”
Parris said if were to pick the Hokies, the staff has told him the preferred walk-on designation is also simply a start.
“That’s normally what you get as a kicker, then after you earn a spot, you’re on scholarship,” Parris said. “It does mean a lot for Virginia Tech to even consider me. My mom loves that school, since it’s so close to me. My family could come down there, come to games. It’s less than an hour away.”
Parris said he visited Virginia Tech for a pair of games last season, but last weekend was his first opportunity to see the Hokies behind the scenes and up-close.
“When I got to Virginia Tech, they opened their arms to me,” Parris said. “It just felt normal there. As soon as you walk in the door, they know who you are. We sat in the players’ lounge, waited to start, and it just felt like I’d been there before. It was awesome. I saw the kickers kick and it was their first day in pads. It was just so cool. It’s just a blessing. If it wasn’t for God, none of this would have happened.”
Parris said he’s spoken both with his area recruiter, Charley Wiles, as well as special teams coordinator James Shibest. He said their conversations have gone well, though Saturday might have been the most meaningful.
“After practice, my dad and I stood around and waited,” Parris said. “Coach...
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