McLeod on the mend

Alabama quarterback pledge Parker McLeod has dealt with several injuries during his final high school campaign, but all signs point to him being ready to lead the Marietta (Ga.) Walton Raiders into the postseason.

Parker McLeod has been dealing with multiple injuries during his senior season, but he says he will be back in time for the Marietta (Ga.) Walton's final regular season game on Friday night. He first sprained his right ankle in mid-September before coming back admittedly too soon before suffering the dreaded high ankle sprain on his left ankle.

He had to wear a boot on his right foot as the team faced rival Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter High on their homecoming, before sitting out and earning extra rest during the following bye week. McLeod sat out once more the following week, and was dressed for emergency duty last week.

This week will be different.

"I'm good, I will play this week," said the Alabama commit. "I'm just not sure how much, though.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I can play and be fine."

The Raiders are already locked into their spot in the 6A playoff bracket considering their second-place finish in the region to Lassiter. Still, getting on the field against Roswell (Ga.) High, on the road, could prove important for a playoff run.

"Well it doesn't hurt to throw but I'm just rusty from being out so long," the 6-foot-3, 190-pound three-star admitted. "So I'm not where I was before injury yet."

McLeod will get the chance to get closer to that point before the playoffs begin next weekend, when Walton will also hope to regain the services of Alabama running back commit Tyren Jones, who is sitting out with a Grade 1 MCL sprain suffered last Friday.

As far as everything with the Crimson Tide for the QB, he will be on campus sooner than later. McLeod is set to enroll at Alabama on January 9, and the coaching staff has reassured that everything with his scholarship offer and commitment holds true despite the injury this fall.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier reiterated it on the phone recently with McLeod, and more of the Alabama coaching staff did the same when he and his family was in town for the Mississippi State game in late October.

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