Junior to be Peter Parrish of Phenix City, Alabama did enough during his sophomore season to attract the eyes of the Mississippi State coaching staff. With an offer in hand from the Bulldogs, Parrish spent some time on campus getting better acquainted with the MSU program.
"Mississippi State is a great school. It's in the SEC and D1," Parrish said. "I got an offer from them, so I knew I needed to come out here and workout. I needed to show some support."
While Parrish was going through the practice paces, he was also doing his part to learn about the men who would be coaching him should he elect to sign on with the Bulldogs. Mississippi State quarterbacks' coach Bret Elliot appears to have made a positive impression.
"I learned a lot of stuff that I can take back home to my high school and perfect," Parrish said. "Coach Elliot is a very good coach. He knows exactly what he is talking about with everything. He is an exciting coach and the kind of coach that everyone would want on their team. He brings some real excitement to everything."
Parrish also had the chance to get some feedback from Mullen who spent some time watching the talented junior throw during the one-on-one portion of the drills.
"Coach Mullen told me that he wants me to come back out here and that I'm a good kid," Parrish said. "He said that he could tell that I was a hard worker. He told me that he wants me to come back to some other camps and stuff like that."
The Bulldogs did not hesitate to extend an offer to the future Alabama All-Star. Mississippi State was the program that broke the ice and became the first school to make a formal scholarship offer to the talented Parrish.
"They offered me about two months ago," Parrish said of Mississippi State. "I was at a track meet and Coach (D.J.) Looney got in touch with me and told me that they wanted to offer me. It was an exciting moment for me. I was real excited about it. It was sort of unexpected."
For now, Parrish is committed to Central High School football. College recruiting is on the back burner just a bit as the talented dual threat quarterback prepares for his all important junior campaign.
"I want to go undefeated the whole way and win a championship," Parrish said. "I believe that will be a successful season for us. We are working hard everyday giving 100% in every rep and trying to get there.
"I plan on going to a lot of other camps. You have to stay grinding. You have to keep working."
Phenix City-Central turned in a 10-2 mark for the 2016 season. The Red Devils advanced to the third round of the Alabama state playoffs last season. Parrish and the returning players hope to build on last season's successes this fall. The first step up the state championship mountain takes place on August 25th as Central High hosts Bob Jones High.