Cypress Bay (FL) wide receiver Andrew Parchment has been talking to the coaches at NC State for many months. The Weston (FL) wide receiver has only had good things to say about the school and it has seemed like he has been very happy to be on their target board.
Parchment (6-4, 190) was committed to Cincinnati for much of 2015 but last month he opened things back up after some coaching changes at UC. Those changes were not the only reasons for Parchment's choice to make himself available again. Cincinnati had several other decommitments to deal with last month and decommitments are often part of a wave.
Some players do not have the luxury of opening everything back up. Parchment is in a good situation because he does have other options. His plans for the rest of January say a lot about what his options really are or maybe about which options he likes the best.
"I've got a visit to Western Michigan set up for the 22nd, and I'm working with Coach McDonald (at NC State) to get a visit up to NC State the weekend after that."
Parchment has an offer from NC State and since he has been talking to the Wolfpack since well before his decommitment from the Bearcats it is only natural to think that they are at or near the top of his list.
"We're pretty confident the visit is going to happen. I'm excited for it. NC State has been recruiting me since the spring of my junior year so we have a great relationship. Me and Coach McDonald get along pretty well I'd say. I've liked them for a long time and they have been talking to me for a while so I can say that they are the number one school on my list."
The timing of that visit would be good for NC State assuming it works out that way. That is the last weekend before signing day so it would make it very hard for another school to sneak in at the last minute and disrupt any plans. That worry might be unnecessary anyways because it seems like Parchment is feeling comfortable with the Pack as his leader at this late date
Not only does he have a long recruiting relationship with McDonald and the coaches but Parchment talks a lot about Matt Dayes and his history at NC State. Dayes went to the same high school that Parchment attends and his time with the Wolfpack comes with a thumbs up that the senior receiver feels like he can trust.
Then there is also the fact that NC State is in the ACC. Not every recruit picks major conference schools over schools in leagues without that brand but it is a rare thing when one bucks the trend.
"Another big thing about NC State for me is it's in the ACC. It's a great conference. Great competition every single week. You're playing teams like Clemson and Florida State. That matters a lot."
McDonald has talked to Parchment about a little bit of everything in the long time they have known each other. Besides sharing information about the school, talking about the other coaches and answering Parchment's questions he has spelled out in detail the role that he sees Parchment filling in the offense. The change at coordinator does not seem to have bothered Parchment or caused McDonald to change that message.
"They see me as an outside receiver on offense making big plays down the field."
Parchment will benefit from getting practice reps at one position. He lined up at spots all over the field when his team had the ball. That helped his production and he finished with 1,500 yards and he scored 12 touchdowns.