Periodically StateFans will take a look back at a player that nearly committed to NC State but wound up going elsewhere. The focus of these profiles will be on players that Pack fans will see during the 2004 season. Today we shine the spotlight on WR Roscoe Parrish.
WR Roscoe Parrish
5-9, 170 pounds
University of Miami
Miami (Fla) Senior High School
What he's been up to
2002- In the mold of Hurricane great Santana Moss, Parrish burst onto the scene as a freshman, recording 19 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He also started four games as the Canes' punt returner and averaged 14.5-yards per return. Parrish had perhaps his best game of the season in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State when he snagged five passes for 70 yards including a 24-yard TD pass reception that gave the Canes an early 7-0 lead. He also had a blistering 50-yard punt return in the game that set up a field goal.
2003- Entered 2003 as a Biletnikoff, all-america and all-conference candidate but like most Hurricane wide-outs last year, Parrish suffered somewhat from the spotty play of QB Brock Berlin. He finished up his sophomore season with 24 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned one punt for a score.
NC State recruiting coach
John "Doc" Holliday
How it all went down
During the 2000 season most recruiting analysts paid little attention to WR Roscoe Parrish saying he was too small to make an impact at a major college. As a result he received little recruiting coverage but through early 2001 had basically narrowed his choices to NC State and Ole Miss. At some point in January of 2001 Parrish made a verbal commitment to the NC State coaching staff and that seemed solid enough as signing day approached although few publically knew of the commitment at the time. However, there was no secret that Parrish loved the hometown Canes but due to scholarship limitations, Miami could only offer a track scholarship with the opportunity to walk on to the football team. Just days before signing day (some have said as late as the night before signing day) Miami came through with a scholarship offer and Parrish signed with the Hurricanes. Interestingly, some have suggested that the scholarship became available after the Canes' coaches were convinced there was no way a player named Chris Murray would stick to his earlier verbal commitment to Miami.