LB JARED PARHAM 6"2" 225 4.6 Coppell (TX)
(Last name is pronounced PAR-ham)
Parham is a highly-rated prospect with a lot of physical tools. He was a team captain and an all-district performer at defensive end as a senior in 2009. He helped his team set a school record for wins in a season, with 11 in 2009. He won all-district honors as a junior in 2008 as a linebacker. He also participated in track and field and wrestling for his school, and was a regional qualifier in track in 2009.
His high school coach is Joe McBride, and his parents are Wayne and Teressa Parham. Jared's father is a Mizzou grad who was born and raised in St. Louis. Parham is interested in studying in Missouri's esteemed School of Business. He lists playing X-Box and lifting weights as his hobbies, and has previously earned the rank of an Eagle Scout. Parham chose Missouri over Arkansas, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Texas A&M, and Buffalo, among others, and identified Missouri's coaching staff, the campus, the athletic facilities, and the people at Mizzou as major factors in his decision.
Missouri Assistant Coach Dave Steckel was the primary recruiter on Jared Parham. He talked about the young linebacker. "The epitome of the team player............He just made so much progress athletically. He's very, very coachable, and a great talent."
JP: "Parham was moved to defensive end in 2009 to help his team and he excelled there as a leader on his teams defense. If he were bigger he could probably play the position in college. He is a good combo of strength and speed and projects as a solid linebacker prospect in college."
Greg: "Parham is an interesting and talented prospect who projects to play in the middle, or on the weak side. He'll add to the Tigers' depth at the linebacker position, and will likely be in the thick of the competition for a spot on the two-deep in 2011.