Parker-Boyd Sizing Up Penn State

Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley athlete Anthony Parker-Boyd has really opened the eyes of college coaches this summer. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, has made several camp appearances and now the scholarship offers are starting to roll in.

"I have offers from Wisconsin, Delaware, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Ohio, Boston College, Rutgers. Hofstra and Buffalo." Anthony Parker-Boyd said.

"I camped at Iowa and I feel good about an offer from them. I spoke to Coach (Darrell) Wilson before I left Iowa (City) and I'm confident that I'm going to get an offer from them."

Does Parker-Boyd have a leader?

"I'm really liking Michigan State right now," said Parker-Boyd. "Michigan State had a great environment when I visited there. There were a lot of young people around and there was never a dull moment.

"Michigan State also had crazy facilities but what I liked the most was that the coaches did the best job of teaching out of any camp that I attended.

"North Carolina is also one of my favorites. I was born in North Carolina but I was raised in Philly. I can't wait to get back down there.

"I'm trying to get out to Wisconsin. I get a real good vibe from (Wisconsin assistant) Brian White, I have the feeling that Wisconsin wants very much to help me develop in life as a person as well as an athlete.

"Virginia has a very good coaching staff and the academics are real good at Virginia as well.

"Boston College and West Virginia are the other schools in my favorites. West Virginia is up and coming and Boston College has a real straight-forward coaching staff."

Parker-Boyd moved to Malvern from Philadelphia after his 8th grade graduation. He was immediately brought up to the varsity as a freshman but didn't see real action in a game until his sophomore year.

"As a freshman, I got some system carries at tailback. My sophomore year, I got some reps at quarterback, tailback and defensive back.

"My junior year is when I broke out. I played quarterback and defensive back. I helped lead my team to 11-1 record. I rushed for 949 yards and 8 touchdowns. I passed for 1,815 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"I got to play defense after the fifth game of the season and I finished the season with 34 solo tackles and 5 interceptions."

So which position will Parker-Boyd play in college?

"Wisconsin is recruiting me as an athlete," Parker-Boyd explained. "Wisconsin is just talking about getting the ball in my hands as a tailback, wide receiver as well as kick and punt returns.

"Most of the schools recruiting me said they'll give me a chance at quarterback. I'd like to play quarterback. I'm a leader and I like to have the ball in my hands.

"Boston College, North Carolina and Rutgers all told me they'd give me a shot at quarterback as well. I may end up playing another position in college but I like being in the leadership role.

"I was our conference champion in the 100-meter dash this past year and I was timed at 4.41 (40-yard dash) at Valley Forge in the spring.

"I feel that most schools will just try and use my speed. That's fine. If I end up as a defensive back, I'll be able to think like a quarterback and make a lot of reads quicker than other d-backs could.

"We'll see what happens. I'm just looking forward to getting the season started. I don't plan on committing any time soon.

"I still may check out Penn State as well. I hear from (Penn State) Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden on a regular basis." Parker-Boyd was named all-state in 2004. He carries a 2.9 GPA in the classroom and scored 1240 on his SAT.


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