After collecting 23 receptions for 450 yards and seven touchdowns in 2004, WR Preston Parker from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Fla is poised to emerge as one of the Sunshine State's top receiving threats in 2005. The 6-0, 180-pounder with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash got off to a solid start when he hauled in three passes for 160 yards, including a 62 yard TD reception in a preseason scrimmage against Miami-Pace High School last weekend.
The two-time all area award winner has already received a ton of recruiting interest from schools across the nation and accrued scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, NC State, Miami, Louisville, UNC, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
Th Wolfpack has been on Parker's list of top schools off and on all year. Yet, in-state powers Miami and Florida State appear to hold the upper hand currently. Still, the Wolfpack continues their pursuit and would like nothing more than to lure the south Florida wideout to Raleigh for an official visit later in the year. Parker recently told Pack Pride that he is intrigued by the Wolfpack program.
"NC State's a school I wouldn't mind playing for," he said. "They've told me I could play both ways, but I think they like me mainly as a receiver. Since they've already got so many kids from Florida, I think that would give me an advantage because it's obvious they know what players from down here can do. They're in my top list of schools right now."
Currently, Florida State, Miami, Louisville, Pittsburgh, NC State and UNC appear to be out front with Akron, Minnesota, Arizona State and Michigan State getting interest as well.
A decision from Parker is likely a ways down the road as the senior receiver plans to take all of his official visits prior to making a decision. He hopes to major in Drama.
Parker is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 42 player in Florida by SuperPrep magazine.