Following most football practices at Phenix City (Ala.) Central High, coach Jamey DuBose would see his new transfer quarterback Peter Parrish and his father head back out to the practice field to work on drills. Parrish was a sophomore then, moved in from the Miami area after his dad took a job with the railroad.
The two Parrish men kept it up during junior season. In fact they’ve been doing this dating back to the Little League days.
Every ounce of sweat paid off on Friday when the four-star 2019 recruit went to LSU’s camp and earned an offer. He committed to Ed Orgeron and company that same day. All the footwork drills and ball placement drills, the extra time, turned a dream into fruition.
“I always ask him every year, where do you want to be at in your game,” the elder Peter Parrish said. “Even after track I ask him the same thing. He always says he wants to be No. 1 in the nation. He wants to be the best in the nation. I tell him in order to be No. 1 in the nation you have to work hard. You can’t do what everyone else does. You have to do a little more. He says he’s ready for that.”
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Parrish chose to play for the Tigers over a list of offers that included Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Virginia. It’s been a strong week on the trail for LSU as this 2019 class they’ve put together to date has risen this weekend to No. 3 in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. Five-star cornerback Derek Stingley started the recent wave of momentum with his verbal on Wednesday, and then Parrish popped on Friday with JUCO targets in cornerback Dreshun Miller and tight end T.K. McClendon following suit on Saturday and then cornerback Cordale Flott flipping from Auburn on Sunday.
Heading into LSU’s camp, Parrish’s father told him to “own the moment.” His boy certainly did.
Had Parrish fancied himself as an athlete, he would have had all the offers he wanted sooner. A terrific athlete with 4.6 laser-timed speed, he brings a lot of traits to the table as a running back, receiver or defensive back. But he fancies himself as a quarterback. Schools gave him that opportunity to play the position, but he wanted the biggest stage in college football. LSU gives Parrish what he’s looking for, and the road to Baton Rouge might have been bumpy at times, but the journey was worth it for him and his family.
Source: 24/7 Sports