HTO.com delivered the name Lance Parker to Hawk fans this previous summer. But his name dropped off quickly when the announcement came of a commitment to Vanderbilt University. Iowa had hosted Lance at their summer camp.
"I thought I threw very well at camp," Lance said. "There were not a lot of big-time quarterbacks at the camp like I first thought there would be, but I still had good competition. I thought I had one of the best performances out of their crop, and I believe that is why they decided to offer me a scholarship."
Lance received early offers from Tulsa, Arkansas State, and Northwestern State. Before his commitment to Vanderbilt, he had begun to see many larger schools start to show serious interest, and could have very well been on his way to more SEC offers. However, most schools backed off after the commitment, except for Iowa which has still made calls to Lance on a weekly basis.
"Coach Aiken is my recruiter, and I like him as he is a nice guy. Coach Ferentz has been the coach calling me the past few weeks, which is flattering in knowing he is one of the biggest names out there right now. I had heard rumblings of Iowa offering a lot of quarterbacks, but having Coach Ferentz show interest in me makes me feel more important."
Lance has scheduled an official visit to Iowa City on November 2nd for the Wisconsin game. However, he is nowhere near close enough to state that he has backed off his commitment to Vanderbilt.
"I told Iowa that I'm comfortable with my decision to attend Vanderbilt, but they said they are fine with that. They just want me to come up and check out the campus. There would be too much "what if" questions popping up in my mind if I did not visit Iowa City so I decided to go with it."
"They told me that I am the quarterback they want. They said there would be no pressure put on me, but that they believe I should see what Iowa City has to offer. I think it will be good for me to get up there and catch a game."
Lance, scored a 23 on the ACT and currently has a 2.9 GPA. Therefore, he is both a full qualifier and a very good field general. This season, he has helped lead his team to a 4-2 record behind a dismal running attack. He has passed for nearly 1400 yards and rushed for 300.
With the emergence of Brad Banks, many Hawk fans are very much now in the favor of a dual-threat quarterback. Does Lance Parker fit that mold?
"I run a 4.7 in the forty yard dash, but I run good. I'm not going to be an option type quarterback, but I feel I can move around the pocket. I throw well on the run, and I have broke a few long runs off quarterback draws this fall. I've been good on the high school level, but college will be a whole other level."
Certainly, Lance has moved himself into one of the more intriguing Hawkeye prospects. The Hawks seem poised to have a big game with Wisconsin. Will it sway the decision of Lance? HTO.com will keep Hawk fans informed with his ongoing recruitment!