Parker-Boyd Has 'Tremendous Upside'

Having family in North Carolina sparked an interest in UNC, but it was the combination of opportunity, relationships, and the campus that earned the verbal commitment of Anthony Parker-Boyd and ultimately resulted in this morning's faxing of his National Letter of Intent.

"I know he has family in the area so he's familiar with the area," said Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley head football coach Gary Phillips. "He likes the chance to play in the ACC and the opportunity to play quarterback. I know he was really impressed with Coach [John] Gutekunst, his recruiting coach – they have a real good relationship. When he went down to visit he was really impressed with the whole atmosphere."

Parker-Boyd, a 6-foot-1 200-pound athlete, has been told he will first get a shot at quarterback once he joins the Tar Heels' roster.

"Up through the whole process they've told Anthony and I believe I've spoke to everyone involved, they like him as a quarterback," said Phillips. "If things don't work out as a quarterback, the ability to play other positions is there."

No matter where Parker-Boyd eventually plays for North Carolina, Phillips expects his athletic ability to shine.

"Obviously his total athletic ability [is his best attribute]," said Phillips. "He has quick feet, he can move, he makes quick decisions. He can run with the football and he has a strong arm. I think the thing that intrigued North Carolina a ton is that he's only played quarterback for two years – so he has a tremendous upside, they can build him up from the ground, and he's not a kid that's done it all his life and is resistant to change."

Being hit hard by graduation, Parker-Boyd saw his statistics dip from his junior to his senior season. As a junior, Parker-Boyd passed for 1,815 yards and ran for 939 yards, but only totaled 487 rushing yards and 717 passing yards during his senior season.

According Phillips, Parker-Boyd should qualify.

"It shouldn't be an issue," said Phillips. "He's doing well this year grade wise so it shouldn't be an issue with the Clearinghouse and the acceptance."

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