2011 Intro: Colin Parsons

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- In-state recruiting fans are familiar with Jeremy Bridges, Jahwan Edwards, Kris Frost, Christian LeMay, and Deion Walker. But Butler High has a sixth prospect, who eventually might be just as highly recruited – Colin Parsons, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end.

"I think he could be the sleeper of the class," Butler head football coach Mike Newsome said. "A lot of people will look at our guys and say – and they did it in '07 when we had five sign to BCS schools – ‘There's no way you have six, Coach.' I just don't feel like they're going to believe you have six big-time Division I players. [Because of that] I think Colin is the one being overlooked."

In 2007, five Butler players signed with BCS schools – Spencer Adams (Clemson), Robert Blanton (Notre Dame), Jarrett Boykin (Virginia Tech), Jacob Charest (Illinois), and E.J. Whitley (Virginia Tech). Up until he verbally committed to Virginia Tech, Boykin, who has started 18 games for the Hokies in two seasons, was overshadowed by his teammates – mostly because many wouldn't believe Butler had a fifth Division I-A recruit.

Newsome believes that any recruiter that does his homework won't miss Parsons.

"When you watch us on film, there's no way you can watch us and not notice Colin Parsons," Newsome said. "He is big…and he runs extremely well and he's a relentless physical football player.

"He's a guy that could play in the NFL, to me, because he's so physical and plays the game on another level that you don't always find."

According to Newsome, Parsons defends against the run and the pass equally as well.

"I think that he definitely has a knack for rushing the passer," Newsome said. "…One thing he does extremely well is play off blocks. He plays off blocks better than most high school defensive linemen do."

Last season, his first as a fulltime starter, Parson recorded 89 tackles, including 25 for a loss and six sacks, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble.

Working in Parsons' favor is his high academic standing, which has grabbed the attention of Duke and Northwestern.

Additionally, Parsons has the pedigree. His father, Kevin, played linebacker for Nebraska from 1983-86 under legendary coach Tom Osborne.

Outside of Duke and Northwestern, Parsons is receiving interest from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. None have offered yet.

While most schools are recruiting Parsons as a defensive end, Newsome believes Parsons could eventually grow into a defensive tackle.

"I think that once he got into a college program and got on the meal table and started eating like college players do, he could be an interior guy," Newsome said. "He could be a 6-4 kid that reaches 280-290 pounds, because he has the frame to get that big."

Illinois is the only school not recruiting Parsons as a defensive end. The Fighting Illini like him as an offensive lineman.

"I prefer to still play at defensive end," Parsons said. "I'm going to go where I get a scholarship, though. Hopefully I'll go somewhere that will play me at defensive end, because I like to play defense."

Unsurprisingly, Parsons grew up a Nebraska fan. Those feelings have impacted his recruitment.

"Nebraska is my favorite school," Parsons said. "Since my dad played football there, I've always liked them."

If Nebraska offered, Parson says "that would be a hard one to turn down."

Parsons has plans to visit Clemson, Duke, Virginia, and Virginia Tech this spring.

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