Inexperience Not An Issue With Parker

Some of the top tight ends in the NFL were found by scouts not on the football field, but on the basketball court. With speed and height a requirement for roundball, certain hoopsters can also make a big impact on the gridiron. That's certainly the case for this Maryland prepstar.

Our Lady Good Counsel (Wheaton (Md.)) head coach Bob Miloy was looking for an impact player at tight end to groom for the 2006 season. He found that player in the form of 6-foot-5, 235 pound Danny Parker – a forward on the school's basketball team.

"We found him on the basketball team and brought him out," said Miloy. "He's got a good frame with quick feet. He's been bulking up in the off season and has added a good deal of weight. He started for us at tight end and defensive end last season despite never really playing organized football before."

That lack of experience didn't slow Parker down on the field either as he earned all-state honors, which quickly led to his recruiting interest picking up. And fast.

One school that has become extremely interest is Duke. It's likely the Blue Devils are projecting Parker to play tight end in their offensive scheme given his athletic ability and pass catching. However, Miloy says penciling Parker into one side of the ball too early could be a mistake.

"It may be too early to decide on which side of the ball he's going to play in college. He's very good at tight end because of his speed and hands, but he's just as good, if not better at defensive end. With the added weight he'll certainly be better this coming season. It'll be tough to lock him into one position early on."

Currently Parker, who maintains a GPA of nearly 3.0, holds offers from Duke, Virginia, Temple, Syracuse, and Rutgers. While coaches at North Carolina, Connecticut, and Michigan State remain in constant contact.

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