Parker Excited About Duke

When Duke first began recruiting Danny Parker, the hope was to get in early on a kid who would eventually burst on to the regional recruiting scene. That's exactly what happened on Monday as Parker ended his recruitment by picking Duke. Monday night he spoke about his decision.

"Duke offers the greatest academics, and they are an ACC program," said Danny Parker. "That combination will allow me to test myself against the best in both the classroom and on the field."

Parker made his decision over the weekend, but wasn't able to let the coaches know until his father placed a phone call to his recruiting coach and future offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien. Soon after, a return call came back and it was official, Parker was a Blue Devil.

With the recruiting process behind him, it's time for the 6-foot-5, 230 pounder to focus on finishing out his high school career before looking towards making an early impact at Duke.

"My high school team is doing really well, and it is a relief to be able to concentrate on that from now on. I had always wanted to get [the recruiting process] done pretty early."

Currently Good Counsel High is 3-0 with a rivalry game coming up this weekend. On the season Parker is starting as both a tight end and a defensive end -- though at this time he projects solely as a pass catching tight end at Duke.

"The chance to be part of their offense with a good young quarterback like Thaddeus Lewis is great. He's been doing well so far and they are using their young players to turn things around. They've taken a lot of steps already this year and I'm excited to be part of the next step."

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