Tigers Lead Over FSU, UGA for Junior QB

Earlier this summer this quarterback out of the Jacksonville area attended the Tommy Bowden football camp where he came away with an unofficial offer from the Tigers. This weekend he made a return trip to Death Valley to see the Clemson open its 2006 season. Could an early commitment be in the works?

Signing day 2008 may still be a long ways away, but the Clemson coaching staff appears to have already made an impact on one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state of Florida.

QB Kyle Parker (6-1, 180), who has now been to Clemson twice in the last three months, experienced his first game day in Death Valley on Saturday as the Tigers opened the 2006 season against Florida Atlantic.

"It was amazing," he said of the trip. "It was just great seeing the stadium and everything. It was real nice. It was best we have seen. I have been to Florida State. Clemson is the best we have seen so far. I got to talk with a lot of the coaches. I talked with coach Spence, coach Swinney and coach Bowden."

Kyle's father, a former wide receiver with Vanderbilt before playing in the NFL with the Bengals, Vikings, and Steelers also enjoyed the visit to Death Valley.

"It was a great trip, especially with the team playing as well as they did," he said. "We had not been there for a game day. We were hoping Kyle's mom could make it, but she couldn't. We will take her with us when we go back for the North Carolina game.

"We really like the staff at Clemson. They are the type of people you feel great about. They all have great character."

Parker started the last five games during his sophomore season. During that stretch he threw for 870 yards and rushed for 450 yards.

Not surprisingly, he is also off to a fast start as a junior.

"We have played two games so far," Parker said. "We won the first game 31-6. I threw for 180 yards and rushed for 95. We lost the second game. I threw for 150 yards and didn't have much on the ground."

The star quarterback says he plans to see the Tigers several more times this fall, including two more trips to Death Valley.

"I will be coming down for the North Carolina game," Parker said. "I will also probably come up for the South Carolina game. In two weeks I am going to see Clemson play against Florida State."

Parker also plans to try to make it up to Georgia and Georgia Tech for games later this fall.

Earlier this summer Kyle had the opportunity to work with coach Spence and Willy Korn at the three day Tommy Bowden football camp.

"It was great," he said. "That was my third camp I went to this summer. I just was going in not knowing what to expect. The coaches were all nice and friendly. It was amazing. They really took the time to work with you."

Kyle also enjoyed spending three days with Korn during the camp.

"We talked a lot. He was just great. He was very friendly. He is just the kind of guy you would like to be around. We watched Willy on ESPN last week. He is a great player," he said.

When asked if he has a current leader, Kyle responded, "Right now Clemson is in the lead. After Clemson it would be Florida State, Georgia Tech and then Georgia."

Will the Florida standout make an early commitment?

"I don't know," Parker added. "I really haven't put a timeframe on anything. I need to talk it over with my dad. Once I feel like I know the place we want to go, I am not afraid to go ahead and commit early."

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