[Premium Article] Gene's Page recently did an interview with Anthony Parker, a 6-4, 285-pound All-Region offensive lineman/defensive lineman from Lovejoy (GA) High School. The most amazing thing about Anthony is his combination of size and speed (4.75 forty)."> [Premium Article] Gene's Page recently did an interview with Anthony Parker, a 6-4, 285-pound All-Region offensive lineman/defensive lineman from Lovejoy (GA) High School. The most amazing thing about Anthony is his combination of size and speed (4.75 forty).">

Anthony Parker Update

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2004/parkeranthony.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="160"> [Premium Article] Gene's Page recently did an interview with Anthony Parker, a 6-4, 285-pound All-Region offensive lineman/defensive lineman from Lovejoy (GA) High School. The most amazing thing about Anthony is his combination of size and speed (4.75 forty).

Anthony is a highly recruited lineman who has just about everything you would want in a lineman. He has size (6-4, 285), speed (4.75 forty), grades (2.8 gpa), upper body strength (390 bench) and mental toughness (plays injured). The only thing he lacks is lower body strength (415 squat), but injuries to his knees thia past year has caused him to lose strength in his legs. Prior to the surgery, he was squatting over 500 pounds. He tore the cartilage in his knees and is currently rehabing from those injuries. To show the mental toughness of Anthony, he kept playing while injured.

Anthony Parker Interview:

What is your height and weight?
"6-4, 285."

What is your forty speed?
"4.75."

4.75?
"(Laugh) Yeah, I timed it last week." [Anthony laughed due to the shock in my voice when I said 4.75.-Gene]

Do you know how fast that is for your size?
"Yeah, I know."

You can outrun most tight ends.
"(Laugh)."

I saw you at the Mississippi State camp. Have you attended any other camps since then?
"I haven't gone to any other camps, yet."

Do you have plans on attending any other camps?
"My D-line coach has said something about going to a lineman camp, but I'm not sure about that one. If Maryland has another camp, I might try to get up to that one."

Do you normally go to the Mississippi State camp?
"No, that was my first time."

Why did you go to the camp this summer?
"We had some seniors who went to the camp last year. You know that (Lovejoy HS assistant) Coach G is at Mississippi State now. He came with us and wanted to get us up there."

What did you think about the camp?
"I liked the camp. I think they have a real good coaching staff."

Did the MSU coaches say much to you at the camp?
"They told me that they liked me and would be recruiting me."

Was it Coach Tompkins that talked to you?
"Coach Tompkins and Coach (Steve) Campbell."

What did they say they liked about you?
"My speed and my footwork."

What schools called you during the May evaluation period?
"During May, I talked to Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Georgia, LSU, Duke, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, UConn, Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan and Georgia Southern. That might be it."

You were busy during May. Did it shock you that you received so many calls?
"It did at first."

Did you realize you were going to be this highly recruited?
"Not really."

What schools have offered you scholarships?
"I believe Mississippi State did in May. Maryland, Louisville, Virginia, UConn, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and I think Nebraska."

Last question. Do you have a top five or six schools that you are most interested in at this time?
"No, not right now. It's still wide open."

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Anthony. Have fun with recruiting.
"Thanks."


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