The Patience of Parrish

QUITMAN - Malkom Parrish posed for cameras in his high school's locker room, but he seemed more composed than I did.

The versatile athlete from Brooks County wasn't much for words, but he acted like he had been doing photo shoots his whole life. I was on the scene for my first Dawg Post shoot and actually getting some recruiting content was the farthest thought from my mind.

Taking pictures involves much more than simply pushing a button, and I was on edge trying to get everything right.

Parrish didn't mind the wait. He stood patiently as I struggled to set up my photo equipment, but he and his coach were very cordial. Parrish spoke about what he was doing in school and what he and his friends do for fun. However, it's the work he puts in during the offseason that put him on Scout's list of the nation's top 20 cornerbacks.

"I've just been working out a lot and getting started with spring practice," Parrish said. "Things are going well and I'm looking forward to my senior season."

Parrish is one of the best players in the state, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound future college cornerback who doubles as the Trojans' quarterback. He talked about playing both positions while I attempted to double as a reporter and a photographer. Parrish was quiet, but mostly humble.

Brooks County finished with a 12-1 record last season, but Parrish wasn't too boastful due to the fact the Trojans' season ended with a 49-14 loss to Calhoun in the state playoffs.

"We were pretty good last year," Parrish said. "It didn't end the way we planned, but I think we can do pretty well this season."

With the equipment setup finally finished, Parrish was more than ready to get started with the shoot. He stood by the lockers, had some pictures taken in a nearby chair and even asked head coach Maurice Freeman to pose with him in a picture.

Pulling his coach in to share some of the spotlight stood out to me. In the shoots I've done since, no other player has made that move – pretty neat in my opinion.

The respectful rising senior said he was thankful for the attention, but he was ready to get his commitment out of the way and finish his last season as a Trojan.

"It's been a fun process," Parrish said. "But I'm ready to choose a school and get started with my senior year."

As the shoot ended, Parrish spoke briefly with his coach and I about what he planned on doing that afternoon as well as when he would be able to get the pictures. Parrish finally showed some excitement at the mention of seeing the portraits

Freeman handed me his card and told me to stay in touch. As he handed me the card, he glanced at Parrish and gave him a student's most dreaded order.

"Get back to class Malkom," Freeman said.

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