Marlboro County DE Will Camp at Clemson

Junior defensive end Vernard Parnell, one of's Top 15 juniors in South Carolina, is already hearing most schools in ACC and SEC.

6-3, 225 pound defensive end/linebacker prospect Vernard Parnell had an outstanding junior season for Marlboro County High School. "I had 109 tackles and 13.5 sacks this year. I also had two fumble recoveries," Parnell told in a recent interview.

Parnell is already hearing from a good number of schools as he awaits his first offer. "I don't have any offers yet," he said. "But I am hearing from most of the SEC and the ACC. I am hearing from both Clemson and South Carolina. I have been getting some letters from coach Bowden."

This talented defensive end at the high school level will most likely move to linebacker in college.

"Yeah I am playing defensive end now but most colleges want me as at linebacker," Parnell said. "I wouldn't mind finding a school that would want me a 6-3 defensive end. I think most schools will want taller ends."

Which teams are recruiting Parnell the hardest at this time? "It would be North Carolina State, North Carolina and Clemson," he responded.

The Tigers will likely get a chance to see what Parnell can do this summer. "Yeah I would like to camp at Clemson this summer. I think that's going to happen," he said.

What are Parnell's strengths on the field? "I would say my strength is my speed," he responded. "But I want to work on my all around game. I think you can always work to improve everything."

Parnell, who grew up rooting for the Virginia Tech Hokies, is unsure about a possible time for a verbal commitment in the recruiting process. "I really don't know about that. I will just have to wait and see. Really, what I am looking for is decent academics. And also for a school with a good football program," he added. Top Stories