As the NC State coaches set out to find another quarterback it appears they have found one they like in their own backyard.
That same coaching staff is looking for consistency and leadership from quarterbacks this year but they are also thinking about the future. If you happen to be a coach you’re always thinking about the future. Especially at quarterback.
That’s why Dylan Parham (6-4, 190 pounds) could become such an important recruit for NC State.
Parham went for better than 2,000 yards through the air for Southeast Raleigh giving that school a formidable aerial assault and that was not even in a full season. Parham shared split duty with another quarterback early in the season before winning the job outright and going on to put up big numbers while making a name for himself.
Those late season highlights were converted into offers from Old Dominion and NC State.
Parham camped at both of those schools this summer. The Monarchs were first to offer in the middle of March. Parham waited several months before NC State became the second school to offer. But the wait was worthwhile.
“NC State offered June 16th on a Monday. That was after we had a 7 on 7 on Saturday, June 14th. I had a pretty good 7 on 7. I came back Monday and they offered me. They said they liked how I threw the deep ball and they like my precision passing. They liked how I make smart decisions.”
It was a big offer and not just because the school is local. Not just because it’s ACC either.
“I really like what they’ve got going on. It seems like they have a lot of young talent. I like what they’re doing with their offense.”
Parham probably never imagined he would be thinking about a future in the red and white of NC State. He grew up a Tar Heel fan in a divided household. His mother went to North Carolina. His dad went to NC State.
The family might well have had a “House Divided” license plate but recruiting seems to change the dynamics of an equation and old attitudes die without much difficulty.
“I wouldn’t be upset if I ended up at NC State,” said Parham.
He also camped at North Carolina, Duke and ECU. Parham indicated that he was very happy with how he competed at Duke. He turned in a solid camp in Chapel Hill but said there were a lot of other very good players there and he is not sure where he ranks on their list of quarterback recruits. They did say they would watch his first two games this year.