February 16, 2012

Parker recovers from knee injury

Carlis Parker hyperextended his knee in a preseason scrimmage then tore his LCL in the season opener, forcing him to sit out all of 2011, but that has not kept colleges from showing interest in Stateville's (NC) dual-threat quarterback.

"I'm rehabbing everything right now, and next month is when I'm going to be cleared to do everything as far as lifting weights with my legs," Parker said. "I'm already running. I've been running, but I wasn't able to put a lot of pressure on it."

As a sophomore in 2010 he passed for 1,792 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Parker, who grew up cheering for Clemson, has received interest from the Tigers, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, LSU, NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

"I'm not really hearing from anyone in particular the most," Parker said. "I'm hearing from a lot of schools. There are a lot of schools that are staying in contact with me, and wanting me to get down to their Junior Days."

He attended Clemson's Junior last month, and came away very impressed.

"It [Clemson] was real nice to be around all of their coaches, and really be around Dabo Swinney and listen to him talk and everything and the whole campus," Parker said. "I like what they're doing with their facility and how they're improving in a lot of things."

He added that it would be his family's dream for him to choose Clemson, but Parker said he wants to go somewhere he fits in and feels comfortable.

Parker enjoyed a trip to Chapel Hill for Carolina's Junior Day, and plans to return to watch a practice this spring.

"Me and LaChaston Smith from South Iredell and his coach and my coach went down they [UNC] took their top 20 recruits, brought us in and let us meet all of the new coaches, the head coach [Larry Fedora] and we went down to the UNC game," Parker said. "That was really nice. We just got to go around talking to them. They had a lot of their players there too. They [players] really like the direction that they're going in with their new coaches as far as how they're going to their spread. All the guys seem to really like that and the new defensive scheme that he brought."

His second most recent visit was to NC State for its Junior Day.

"It was real nice," Parker said. "I really like NC State, and I plan on getting down there sometime next month for their spring practice."

Parker traveled to Durham last fall to watch the Blue Devils face Florida State in football.

"I really like the school, the campus and everything," Parker said. "I look forward to getting down there more often."

He plans to journey up to Blacksburg, Va. this weekend to meet the Hokies, hopes to visit South Carolina this spring, and will be in Winston-Salem for Wake Forest's Junior Day Feb. 25.

"I haven't been on campus or anything like that," Parker said. "I don't know much about Wake. That's why I'm going, so I can meet some of their coaches and get a feel for the school."

Parker said he will go to one of Wake Forest's spring practices, but may not make it to one of Duke's.

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