Jameson Parsons Attracts Two-Sport Looks

Jameson Parsons, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback from Eagan, attended the Minnesota Junior Day last weekend. Parsons is one of the top signal callers in the state and possesses a strong passing arm. He is also a standout basketball player who is getting looks in both sports. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Parsons after a win over Wayzata to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Jameson Parson helped lead Eagan to a 5-5 mark this past season. He threw for two touchdowns and had one rushing score in their season-opening 37-36 upset over Lakeville South. Parsons paced the Wildcats to a 14-0 lead against Lakeville North before suffering a broken collarbone that sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. Lakeville North rallied to score 29 consecutive points in the win.

Parsons returned for the playoffs as he threw for two touchdowns in their 52-7 first round win over Hastings. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns in a heart-breaking 21-20 loss to eventual state champion Cretin Derham Hall in the second round. The Wildcats elected to go for a two-point conversion rather than kick an extra point to force overtime and came up just short.

Parsons completed 38 of 68 passes for 537 yards with seven touchdowns and just one interception this past season.

Parsons completed 115 of 201 passes for 1,334 and ten touchdowns and eleven interceptions as a sophomore as the Wildcats finished 4-6, losing to Rosemount 36-0 in the second round of the playoffs.

Parsons is also a standout on the hardwood. He is averaging 22.6 points per game with three games of 30 or more points and seven other games of more than 20 points. Eagan started the season 7-0 before losing five straight. They rebounded with three wins before falling to Lakeville North 63-56 Friday. Parsons, who has scored in double figures in all 16 games, had a season-high 38 points against Chaska as he made ten three-pointers,

Parsons led the team in scoring as a sophomore as he averaged 16.6 points per game. The Wildcats finished 7-20, losing to Eastview in the first round of the playoffs 63-58.

You attended the Junior Day last weekend. What did you get a chance to do?

"We went to the basketball game and took a bus to the stadium. We toured the stadium and the locker room. We had lunch where they all eat. All the coaches talked to us about what it took to play for them and what they like to see. It was really nice. It was one of the nicest stadiums that I have ever seen in college.

Have you been to any other Junior Days?

"I've been to Wisconsin, Iowa State and Notre Dame. Those were fun. They were nice, too. This one was the newest."

What schools are you hearing from?

"Letters from Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota. They are just letters right now."

Did you a chance a chance to attend any football camps last summer? I know that you are busy with your AAU basketball schedule.

"No college team camps. I went to a couple of quarterback camps. This year, I am going to try to get to them."

Do you know which ones you would like to go to?

"Wisconsin, the Gophers and Iowa State, probably."

Are you getting some looks basketball-wise?

"I'm hearing from Butler, Wisconsin, Iowa State and Iowa. I've gotten some letter from Old Dominion."

How about your team's play? You got off to a good start and had a big win tonight.

"We started 7-0 and after the break, we lost five in a row. We are trying to get back on track now and play as a team. We have to drive and kick and rebound."

How about your play so far?

"Pretty good. Got to get the shots to fall. They are open. We just have to get back on track. We will."

Do you have a preference; football or basketball?

They are both my favorites right now. Whatever I am playing, is my favorite."

Have you thought about playing at a smaller school and playing both sports or do you want to play at the highest level possible?

"I'd like to play at the highest level, for sure."

In football, you got off to a great start and then got hurt.

"We had a really good team. We were up 14-0 on Lakeville North and then I broke my collarbone. That was tough. Zach Zenner (who moved from running back to quarterback) played really well for us. I got back for the last two games and we almost beat Cretin. We lost by one. We went for two and didn't make it. It was a good year, but next, we have a chance. We had a lot of juniors playing last year. Coming up, our team is going to be really good for our class. We should be pretty good."

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