Scout's Take: Parker Boehme

Duke picked up a recent commitment from quarterback Parker Boehme so lets take a closer look at him as a prospect.

What to Like: Parker Boehme is an excellent high school quarterback at Sandalwood High in Jacksonville. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he's a solidly built kid who runs the offense as a dual-threat quarterback extremely well. The first thing that jumps out at you when watching him is his ability to make things happen on the ground. He's a powerful runner who isn't afraid to initiate contact with opposing defenders. He'll take a linebacker head on and get the necessary yardage. He ran for just under 1,000 yards as a junior last season and accounted for a lot of touchdowns on the ground. Down near the goal line, especially, he's a major weapon because of his ability to run the football. That's not it, though. He's also a skilled passer. He takes good care of the football. He's accurate. He does a nice job of getting the ball out of his hands and into the hands of his playmakers.

What may concern you: Boehme is still developing as a pure passer. He's more of a running quarterback who can also throw it pretty well right now. At the major college level, he'll need to become more consistent as a pure passer. He has a live enough arm to make a lot of the throws but, again, as a major college prospect it stands room for improvement. For a running quarterback, he's not the most athletic kid in the world, either. He lacks really good straight ahead speed and won't make a whole lot of people miss in the open field. Therefore, a lot of the yards he gets in high school by running over smaller defenders won't come as easy at the next level.

Bottom Line: Boehme also had BCS offers from UCF, South Florida, and Iowa State at the time of his commitment to Duke. Recruited like a low-end three star prospect, Boehme is one of the top quarterback prospects in the greater Jacksonville area for the 2013 class. He leads one of the area's top teams and becomes the second area quarterback to sign with Duke in as many years (Thomas Sirk in the 2012 class). He's a solid addition to Duke's 2013 recruiting class for sure.

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