Trench Warrior

While getting tired of hearing he needs to grow a few inches, North Little Rock offensive lineman Curtis Parker (6-2, 280) just keeps going out and dominating most of his competition as he did this week at the Arkansas Football Camp.

Only on a football field would somebody 6-foot-2, 280-pounds be called small.

Or to be more accurate, the word is short.

But that's just what North Little Rock senior offensive lineman Curtis Parker hears as the biggest reason that he doesn't have offers right now.

"Not all good lineman are 6-4 or 6-5," Parker said. "(Tennessee Titans' first-round pick) Chance Warmack from Alabama is 6-2. I don't want to say height is overrated, but not everybody needs it."

Parker certainly gave the Arkansas' coaches some food for thought after a solid performance at its high school camp earlier this week.

That followed up impressive Nike Camp performance this spring in both Dallas and Memphis.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I think the Dallas camp and the Memphis camp put my name out there," Parker said. "Arkansas has told me that they have another camp to go through and they want me to be at. And then they are going to get back with me. I think I have a shot."

Parker's name was brought up by several other linemen in camp as someone tough to deal with on the field.

"I think I did great," Parker said. "I loved going against some of the better players here and I thought I did more than hold my own."

He is doing all he can to get recruiters interested.

"Definitely I have been working on my strength and my footwork," Parker said. "That is pretty much the main two things for me right there."

Parker is joined on North Little Rock's squad by Arkansas 2014 tailback commit Juan Day (6-1, 210), 2014 cornerback prospect Kavin Alexander (5-9, 190) and 2015 all-purpose back K.J. Hill. (6-1, 180).

The Charging Wildcats lost last season to eventual state champion Fayetteville in the closing seconds of in the 7A Class state semifinals.

"I think we can be state champs – no doubts," Parker said. "We just have to keep working and go at full tilt all the time. We have the talent and just have to push through the finish line now."

Parker is excited about adding Hill, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sophomore Co-Offensive Player of the Year, to the offense.

"I think he is going to play a pretty major role," Parker said. "We are going to get the ball to him. He looked really good in spring practice."

Of course, Day is back after bursting on the scene while splitting carries with Alabama signee Altee Tenpenny.

"He is kind of shy off the field, but he plays fast and violently on it and you would never be able to tell he is shy," Parker said. "He is a tough runner with good speed and good size."





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