Parrish Excels At Miami's Nike Camp

Miami Hollywood Christian wide receiver Devin Parrish enjoyed his time at the Miami (Fla.) Nike Camp Sunday. He talks about that experience as well as his thoughts on Ohio State and other schools in his early top five.

Miami (Fla.) Hollywood Christian wide receiver Devin Parrish was among a throng of outstanding prospects in attendance at the Nike Camp at Miami (Fla.) Sunday.

Parrish (6-0, 165, 4.44) said he enjoyed spending the day testing and running routes against top-flight defensive backs.

"I wanted to see how I would match up against some of the best guys in south Florida," Parrish said. "I really like doing the one-on-one drills with the cornerbacks. There were some of the best out there and it was good to see how I matched up."

Parrish ran his 4.44-second 40 time at a camp in March. He was again in the 4.4 range at the Nike Camp.

"He did really well on the one-on-one drills," said Eddie Alford, Parrish's uncle and one of his coaches at Hollywood Christian. "He made some nice catches. On one of his catches, the coach said – and I hate to say this – it was a Desmond Howard-type catch where he laid out flat in the corner of the end zone. He had a good day going one-on-one."

Parrish began his high school career at Miami Southridge. But when his grades suffered, Alford took a special interest in him and helped move him to Hollywood Christian.

"I think it's just a different surrounding for him," Alford said. "I'm not saying Southridge is a bad school. He is just in a smaller, private setting and that may help his focus."

As a junior, Parrish played receiver and defensive back. He had 13 catches for 368 yards and five touchdowns on a 9-2 team.

"I am being recruited as a wide receiver," Parrish said. "I think with the ball in my hands I can be a play maker. I am also a great route runner."

In terms of colleges, Parrish has offers from Ohio State and Tennessee. He is also interested in USC, Florida and Miami (Fla.), where his cousin Roscoe Parrish has been a standout receiver.

"I'm not really looking to follow in Roscoe's footsteps at Miami," Parrish said. "I'm looking at wherever I fit best and for the program that will be best for me. I want to go wherever I can fit in and help the team.

"I like the way Ohio State exposes its kids," Parrish added. "If you are a good player, they pump you and make sure you get exposed, kind of like what happened with Ted Ginn last year."

Alford added, "They play people both ways, like (Chris) Gamble did, and I think for a kid that's fun."

Parrish plans to attend summer camps at OSU, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Florida and possibly USC and Minnesota.

He holds a 2.6 GPA and will take college entrance exams in May.

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