2009 Intro: Parker Thomas

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Hunter Furr isn't the only Division I-A recruit walking the hallways at Mount Tabor High School. Parker Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound jumbo athlete, is garnering nearly as much recruiting interest as his teammate and close friend.

"I've been offered by Duke and East Carolina," Thomas said. "And then [North] Carolina is showing interest, Wake [Forest], NC State, Virginia a little bit, and then Clemson some.

"[The schools that have yet to offer] want to see how my summer goes and see me in camp. They want to evaluate me on the field."

Junior Season Highlights:

Thomas will likely camp at in-state schools UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest this summer. He is also considering camping at Clemson and Virginia.

This spring he has attended junior days at UNC, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He plans to return to UNC for the Tar Heels' spring game, and also attend Duke's and NC State's junior days.

Like Furr, Thomas transferred to Mount Tabor from Forsyth Country Day last summer.

"I had friends here [at Mount Tabor] and I always came to games when I was little and I've always wanted to play here," Thomas said. "I really wanted to play against better competition."

Thomas' – as well as Furr's – transfer helped fuel Mount Tabor's state title run last season, which ended in a 28-0 loss to Wilmington Hoggard in the NCHSAA 4A Championship Game.

"His motor never stops running," Mount Tabor head football coach Barry Stewart said. "We have a hard time keeping him calmed down even on the sidelines."

Thomas plays defensive tackle in Mount Tabor's 3-5 defense.

"We'll line him up from off-tackle to kind of out on the edge against a tight end," Stewart said. "He's got a great pass rush. He's got good speed for a kid his size. But he's also an excellent run stopper. He's quick with his first few steps, and he's long and kind of rangy. It's tough for an offensive lineman to get their hands on him really."

At Forsyth Country Day, Thomas played linebacker both as a freshman and sophomore.

"It was a hard transition," Thomas said. "You had to use your hands more. I think I got better as the year went on."

Thomas ended his junior season with 71 tackles (21 solo) including 15 for a loss and four sacks. He also forced a fumble and blocked a punt.

Additionally, Thomas long snapped and towards the end of the season saw some reps at tight end. He showed so much promise at tight end that Stewart expects to start Thomas both ways this coming season.

"He's an excellent blocker and obviously that speed comes in handy on offense," Stewart said.

On the collegiate level, Thomas is better suited for defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.

"I think he'll end up at a defensive end spot," Stewart said. "He has great speed for a kid his size. He has no problem closing in on a quarterback on a pass rush. He's a very physical player defensively."

Still weighing his options, Thomas doesn't have a favorite school at this point.

"I'm open for anything really – whatever comes along," Thomas said. "[I'll decide] whenever the time is right I guess."

Thomas said he expects to have a better gauge on his recruitment after his spring trips.

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