Danny Parker Commits To Duke

Though they didn't have a weekend to remember on the field Saturday, the Blue Devils did get some good news on Monday when head coach Ted Roof earned another verbal commitment.

Sources close to the situation confirmed to TheDevilsDen.com on Monday that Our Lady Good Counsel High standout TE/DE Danny Parker has committed to the Blue Devils.

He becomes the 12th member of the class to do so.

Duke was one of the first schools to throw a scholarship offer at Parker, and that decision has now paid off.

"Duke had been showing me love from the very start of the process," Parker previously told TDD. "Coach O'Brien texts me all the time and is always in touch as much as he is allowed to be. They have been there from day one and the situation there is really something I'm interested in. I can go to Duke, get a degree that will be the best possible, and have a chance to play really early in my career. That's a lot of positives."

Parker began his high school career on the hardwood before the recruiting efforts of the football coaching staff won out.

"They just saw me working out one day and asked me to try out for football. Once I got on the field it just felt like something I could do well. So I got in the weight room and started to add weight as quickly as I could. It was important for me to get a lot stronger than I was when I played basketball."

Parker quickly put on close to 20 pounds to reach 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds while elevating his weight room max out numbers to 315 pounds on the bench press; 475 pounds on the squat; and 245 pounds on the power clean. Despite the added weight he can still rise up, with a 33" vertical jump.

Some of the schools are projecting him as a tight end, while others favor him lining up as an end on the defensive line. Either way suits Parker just fine.

"Both positions are a lot of fun for me. All the North Carolina schools are recruiting me as a tight end, though Duke told me I could play either one. I don't really have a preference. At tight end you can make a lot of plays, but as a D-end you get to hit people a lot – that's probably the best part about football."

Parker chose Duke over a number of offers including Miami (Ohio), Marshall, Virginia, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Rutgers.

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