Parnell Recaps Pack Visit

Winnsboro (SC) Fairfield Central standout Devontre Parnell is one of the top cornerbacks in the region, and he holds scholarship offers from NC State and several other high-major programs.

Devontre Parnell is a dangerous player capable of impacting defensively, where he totaled 42 tackles and 15 pass breakups as a junior, or on special teams (two punt return touchdowns, two kickoff return touchdowns).

"I feel like I can do it all," said Parnell. "All of the colleges are recruiting me as a corner, but they want me to play special teams too."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder has received scholarship offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Toledo, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt, East Carolina, and UCONN. Later this month he will camp at Alabama (7/17) and South Carolina (7/21) in hopes of earning a scholarship offer.

The most recent visit he took was to NC State. He was in Raleigh on June 24th, and he left impressed with the Wolfpack.

"It was a good visit," said Parnell. "They've got some of the best facilities in the ACC. I had a good time with the players, and they showed me around the campus. I was mainly hanging out with Dontae Johnson, the safety.

"I really liked North Carolina State. They have a good up-and-coming program."

Parnell also had a chance to watch NC State defensive backs coach Mike Reed in action, as he was visiting during the Wolfpack's final one-day summer camp. What were his thoughts on Reed?

"He's a good coach, great guy," said Parnell. "He is easy to communicate with, and he shows a lot of passion. He was always instructing the players, but he kept it loose by talking with them and joking around some.

"Coach Reed was telling me how if I went to NC State I would get a chance to help them win. I liked him... he makes you feel comfortable."

Next up for Parnell will be unofficial visits to Louisville and Kentucky, the two programs which currently lead his recruitment.

"My top five would be Louisville, Kentucky, North Caorlina State, Illinois and East Carolina," said Parnell. "I don't really have one leader right now. I think Louisville and Kentucky would be right there at the No. 1 spot. I'm going back and forth between them right now."

Why do those programs stick out to Parnell?

"They offer me more," he said. "The Louisville coach told me I could come in and start right away and also play on special teams. They want me to come in and play. The coach was asking me what jersey number I wanted and I told him that I wear No. 1. He said if I came to Louisville I would get it.

"With Kentucky it's the same. They've been recruiting me hard. I just talked to the head coach [on Monday], and they want me to get up there and visit. When I was talking to the coach he was telling me they had five defensive backs leaving next year so they need someone to play right away and start and do special teams too. Like I said, I feel like those two schools offer me more."

A decision could be coming soon from Parnell.

"Those are really big camps for me, [South] Carolina and Alabama," he said. "They will impact my decision because I'm trying to get offers from them.

"Either way, I know I'm going to make a decision before my senior year starts."

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