Carlis Parker, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound prospect from Statesville, N.C., said he’d sign with the Hokies in 2013, according to his high school coach Randall Gusler.
Parker is a three-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports. The latter ranks him as the No. 54 athlete nationally and No. 25 recruit in North Carolina.
Parker had seven offers, according to Rivals, including North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and East Carolina.
He did not play last year after tearing the lateral collateral ligament of his right leg in the season-opener. It required surgery. As a sophomore in 2010, he accounted for more than 3,000 yards.
Kevin Sherman was Parker’s primary recruiter.
Parker is the sixth 2013 commitment in the last three days, giving the Hokies 10 in the class. He is the first out-of-state commitment in the group.
He’s the second quarterback, joining Hodges, although 247 Sports also lists him as an athlete.
I had time a little later in the night to talk with Gusler for a few minutes and he gave me some more insight on Parker.
Gusler raved about Parker’s athletic ability, saying, “I think the selling point is the fact that coach [Frank] Beamer feels like Carlis is going to be the next Michael Vick.”
I’m sure Beamer has heard that a lot — in fact, he joked about it at the Sugar Bowl — but Parker appears to have some impressive athletic credentials (and he’s left-handed, to boot).
Parker was Statesville’s freshman quarterback in 2009, running a Wing T offense, but he was so impressive that he displaced the starting quarterback on the varsity team by midseason. The following year, Gusler switched to a spread offense. Parker threw for 1,800 yards and ran for 1,200.
Primed for a big junior season, Parker got injured after only nine plays, tearing the lateral collateral ligament of his right leg. He was only recently given full clearance to participate in all football activities. Gusler said Parker looks like he was never hurt.
“He comes off that injury and actually his 40 times are just as good, if not better,” said Gulser, noting Parker’s 4.45-second time in the 40.
Parker has a good relationship with Sherman, his primary recruiter, but also quarterbacks coach and play-caller Mike O’Cain. With Hodges also on board for 2013, it will be interesting to see where Parker ends up position-wise. Gusler said there will be some packages this year in which Parker plays wide receiver. He’ll even dabble at free safety some.
“He’s a very, very versatile young man,” Gusler said.
Gusler said Parker had talked about graduating early to enroll at Virginia Tech next winter. He’s not certain if that’s still the plan but spoke highly of Parker as a person.
“Great character young man,” Gusler said. ‘That’s what impresses me more than anything.”
Here is an updated commitment list for 2013:
- Charles Clark, DB, 5-11, 180, Suffolk (King’s Fork)
- Holland Fisher, DB, 6-2, 205, Midlothian (Manchester)
- Bucky Hodges, QB, 6-5, 225, Virginia Beach (Salem)
- Cequan Jefferson, ATH, 5-11, 167, Richmond (Henrico)
- Andrew Motu’apuaka, LB, 6-0, 210, Virginia Beach (Salem)
- Parker Osterloh, OL, 6-7, 268, Williamsburg (Warhill)
- Carlis Parker, QB/ATH, 6-4, 187, Statesville, N.C. (Statesville)
- Braxton Pfaff, OL, 6-5, 290, Lynchburg (Liberty Christian)
- David Prince, ATH, 6-0, 175, Roanoke (Patrick Henry)
- Anthony Shegog, DB, 6-2, 195, Stafford (North Stafford)