One of the top performers at Saturday's Nike Camp in Palo Alto was Long Beach Poly's Freddie Parrish. Oregon has offered the 6-2, 200 pound athlete, but do they have a chance?
Freddie has great size and many believe he will be a defensive back in college, although he has also played the wide receiver position. Last year Parrish played behind Darnell Bing, who was arguably the best safety prospect in the country, but Freddie is getting plenty of attention now. He attended this past Saturday's Nike Camp with his father and many believed he would commit to Stanford during the weekend, but that didn't happen. In fact, to hear Freddie Sr. talk, one might assume that Notre Dame currently holds a slight lead over the Cardinal. Ironically, the elder Freddie played wide receiver for UCLA and they are the only school among Parrish's favorites who have yet to offer a scholarship. If the Bruins do finally offer, they will certainly be considered.
On Saturday Freddie ran the fastest shuttle of the day out of 570 attendees with an amazing 4.01 clocking and then added a fast 4.5 forty, in which he thought he could improve on. Parrish was also disappointed that top WR prospect Whitney Lewis chose to skip the NorCal camp because the Poly player had hoped to defend Lewis during the one on one passing drills. He has confidence. Freddie is also a vocal leader, a good citizen and does excellent in the classroom.
So where does Oregon stand? Clearly Notre Dame and Stanford are holding most of the cards, but the Ducks offered Freddie a scholarship over a month ago and Oregon is the third school that Parrish has targeted for a visit. If Freddie Parrish takes an official visit to Eugene, there is hope.