Parham committed to the Pack on Saturday after landing an offer from State over the summer. He had camped and impressed enough to earn his first offer from the Wolfpack. After mulling that offer for several months Parham decided to commit. He talked with Pack Pride about the reasons behind that decision.
"I liked how they have a redshirt junior at quarterback right now so when I go in it'll be like an open job. I like how they play a lot of young talent. The guys that really sold me on it other than coach Doeren was coach Canada, he seemed to really have a strong interest in me. I like how it's really close to home plus I plan to major in Engineering."
Parham had leaked his intentions to commit earlier in the week but held off until Saturday's game with Georgia Tech to make it official.
"I told my coach earlier in the week that I planned to say something to them at my last home game. I couldn't talk to them at my game because of the NCAA rules but it was just a recent decision that I wanted to commit. When I committed Coach Canada gave me a big hug. He was really, really excited. He told all the coaches and they congratulated me. They introduced me to the other 2016 commits so it was a real cool experience. I had a chance to meet Harrison Gee and Joe Sculthorpe. and also Austin King from 2015."
In his first season as the full time starter for Southeast, Parham completed 149 of 296 passes for 1,773 yards and 15 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He also rushed 75 times for 394 yards and seven additional scores as the Bulldogs finished the season at 4-7.
"Early on we were trying to find our identity because it was our third year in a row having to learn a new offense," said Parham. "We got things rolling towards the end of the season and started putting up bigger numbers but we had some injuries on defense and that hurt some.
"The biggest thing I want to improve on during the off season is my consistency and not get lazy with my foot work. I want to get a better pocket presence and I think next year I'll have a better understanding of the offense. Plus, we'll have eight or nine starters returning on offense."
At 6-5, 200 pounds Parham has been timed as low as 4.7-seconds in the 40-yard dash. In addition to NC State he also fielded recruiting interest from Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Boston College, Charlotte and Duke.
With his decision out of the way, Parham says now he'll focus on bringing even more talent with him to Raleigh.
"I'm going to try to see if I can help to bring in some more talent especially some of the guys in 2015 and 2016. I like Nyheim (Hines) from Garner, Bryce (Love), Johnny Frasier- any of them I'd like to play with and I'm going to do my best to help get them."