All-State defensive back to join Cardinals

Derek Parrott of Mayfield High School talked to ITV about his decision to join the Cardinals football program this fall as an invited walk-on.

Derek Parrott (6'0, 190) of Mayfield High School has decided to join the Cardinals football program as an invited walk-on this fall. Parrott, a First Team All-State selection, will arrive on campus in time to begin practice with the team in early August.

"I've been a Louisville fan for a long time," Parrott told ITV. "I weighed all my options and decided that going to Louisville would be the best place for me."

Before deciding to join the Cardinals, Parrott also considered an invitation from the Kentucky coaches to walk-on, as well as a scholarship offer from Murray State.

Parrott participated in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee All-Star game last weekend and turned in a nice performance, while helping guide the Bluegrass All-Stars to a 28-14 victory.

"I did pretty good in that game. I made a big pass breakup early in the game. I felt like it was the beginning of my college career, because that was the best players from both states. It was a real good experience. I got to meet Michael Bush and Sergio Spencer there and they seem like pretty nice guys and I had a fun time being around them."

In addition to being named First Team All-State, he was also honored as an All-District and First Team All-WKC selection. As a sophomore and junior, Parrott was named Second Team All-State.

A multi-talented athlete with 4.5-40 speed, Parrott was also the starting running back for Mayfield, where he rushed for 1,742-yards and 26 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded six interceptions in his final season. His contributions helped guide Mayfield to the Kentucky Class A State Championship this past fall, with a final record of 15-0.

Louisville is bringing in a player that not only has the abilities to contribute on the field throughout his four years wearing the Red and Black, but also a player that appears to be committed to the team.

"I'm the kind of player that will do everything the needs to be done to get the job done," said Parrott.

Parrott, who completed high school with a 3.4 GPA, is completely qualified to play as a freshman.

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