Back from NIU, Parmalee talks KU offer

New Kansas head coach Charlie Weis hasn't wasted any time getting to work on the recruiting front. And one of his first phone calls was to an athlete he's known for years, who just happens to be one of the most productive receivers in the Kansas City metro area – Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege star Tre Parmalee.

It's been a busy weekend for Tre Parmalee.

The 2011 Otis Taylor Award winner – given annually to the top tight end or wide receiver in the Kansas City metro region – set off Friday for his official visit to Northern Illinois University.

It was a big deal, because though Parmalee is committed to the Huskies he's visited the DeKalb, Ill. campus just once before, and then only briefly.

This time, he got a chance to really take everything in – and the trip was a hit. After touring the facilities and the campus, he got a chance to spend a little more one-on-one time with the staff.

"I went up there and met my future teammates and everything," Parmalee said. "My future coaches. And we all got to talking."

Saturday, word began to spread that Parmalee had been offered by newly-minted Kansas head coach Charlie Weis.

Parmalee and Weis have a long history together, as his father, former college and NFL star Bernie Parmalee, was a mainstay on Weis' staff at Notre Dame and last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sunday, Parmalee got a phone call from the new head of Jayhawks football.

"Obviously, I know him, because of my dad and all that," Parmalee said, of Weis. "He's kind of like my second dad."

Weis wanted to know his thoughts on the offer, and whether or not he might be interested in taking a visit.

It's given Parmalee something to think about, but nothing has been set up as of yet. He wanted to make sure he had a chance to discuss the new offer with his family.

"As of right now, I don't know," he said. "My dad hasn't even gotten back (from Kansas City's Sunday game in New York). He knows about it."

As a senior in 2011, Parmalee hauled in 82 passes for 1,184 yards and 15 touchdowns.


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