Freddie Parish should be on the plane very soon. "My Dad is making the arrangements right now. I think I am going there for about a week but I'm not sure. I think it will be this week. It will depend on how long I can stay there. I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to get started. It will be a good test to see what it will be like."
Parish said he also returned from his physical that is needed before he reports to Notre Dame. "I weighed in at 202. I was 197 last year so I've put on some weight. I've been doing all the workouts and a lot of running."
Parish also plans to play in the Shrine Game this summer. "It used to be the California/Texas game but they stopped playing that. It's now the best players from private school against the best players in public school. I've heard Whitney Lewis is going to play in the game so I'm looking forward to playing against him. The game in July 19th if you want to watch it."
In the meantime, Parish plans to work out at some of the local camps. I was shocked by how much training is available in California. "They have a lot of camps here on Saturdays and Sundays. I will be working out at the Phenom camp held by Charlie Collins, the Beyond 200 camp and the Air 7 camp."
What exactly are these camps? "Air 7 camp used to be about the top quarterbacks working out but now all the top players compete in it. It's just all the top players playing against each other in 7-on-7 drills. The Beyond 2000 camp is more of an elite camp. You work out with other players and you work a lot on your footwork and agility. It's more or a private practice where you get more individual attention."
Parish has a favorite camp and that is the Phenom Camp. "I like the Phenom camp the best. It's a lot of agility training and DB work but it's mainly 1-on-1 and not so much 7-on-7. They have a lot of NFL guys, college players, Arena League guys and some high schools players. I get to go against guys like Chad Johnson from the Bengals. You really learn a lot about coverage and how to play someone."
So how does Parish hold up against a guy like Chad Johnson? "Not too well. I'm just not fast enough. It's like he is in a car. He just glides by you and then he's gone. I think I've only gotten him once but he's really an outstanding receiver." You have to love his honesty.
Parish has set a few goals for himself when he reports to Notre Dame. "I just want to play as much as possible and learn as much as I can. When I do get on the field, I want to make things happen. They told me I would be a safety right out of the gate so that is what I'm focusing on."
Parish has been a joy to talk to all year and I wish him all the luck in the world.