Wolfpack Among Favorites for Georgia OL

NC State has a few recruiting prospects in Georgia, one of which is offensive lineman Anthony Parker. The Lovejoy (GA) senior is in the process of setting up his official visits. StateFans recently caught up with Parker to talk recruiting.

NC State is in the hunt for several of the top Georgia prospects from the class of 2004. Probably none are more coveted by the Wolfpack than Lovejoy's OL/DL Anthony Parker. The 6'4 285 Parker has his favorites and NC State is among them. StateFans caught up with Anthony to see how his season and recruiting are going.

"Things are going real good. Probably showing the most interest are Maryland, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, and NC State. I have been talking to Coach Mazzone from State."

It appears that most of the leaders are talking to Parker about playing offense at the next level. "I am playing both right now. Some are talking offense and some are talking defense. Maryland and Tennessee are talking to me about offense. NC State is offense too."

Anthony has spent recent Saturdays making unofficial visits to some of the schools showing interest. He has watched games at Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and NC State. We asked the Parker how the visit went to NC State. "I enjoyed it. I watched them play North Carolina. The players seemed to be pretty cool. All the coaches seem real cool. I like the environment and the stadium. Our running back coach use to be John Deraney's coach across town at Mays. I just think I could help the team out."

Parker continued to talk about what he saw on his unofficial visit to Raleigh. "They are about to rebuild the press box and add the new end zone part in. The weight room was pretty good. I liked the way it is right there on the field. You can look out on the field when you work."

Officials are being set by the Parker, but the dates are tentative at this point. Lovejoy is currently Three officials are set for now: NC State (12/6/03), Maryland (12/12/03) and Tennessee (1/17/04). "I am not sure we will be finished with our season by then. The championship game is December 20th. So we will see."

We asked Anthony to tell StateFans what it is about these three schools that has caught his attention:

  • Maryland: I guess I like the coaches. They told me stuff when I started the recruiting thing that I wanted to hear.
  • Tennessee: Since I was young watching them on TV that is where I have wanted to go.
  • NC State: I took an unofficial visit up there and it went real good. That is one of the reasons I like them so much.

    While he does not have a scheduled visit to Virginia, he does have them on his mind. "I think about them a lot. They are there too."

    Parker was an All-Region and All Clay-Henry selection as a junior and he looks to be an All-State candidate in 2003. Parker is a force on the offensive line but also plays defense for the Wildcats.

    Tom Culpepper evaluated Parker in a recent scouting report: "Anthony Parker plays defensive tackle on the prep level but his future will likely be on the offensive line as he moves to the next level. Parker has very good footwork, mobility and size for the demands of a college offensive lineman. Like most linemen, a redshirt season is a strong possibility and the time spent learning technique and gaining strength will lay the foundation for a productive college career."

    Anthony is listed as a 3 Star prospect by the Insiders and the 40th best prospect in the state of Georgia by regional scout Scott Kennedy.

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