Parker Cantey Happy to Play for the Home Team

Parker Cantey was the highest rated player from the state of New York that Syracuse was able to sign in the class of '06. Cantey decided that he was going to call Syracuse his home after being courted by schools such as Penn State, Rutgers, Iowa and Virginia.

"It was a great feeling signing with Syracuse," Cantey said. "It is the home state school that you grow up wanting to play for. I never thought I would be in a position to go to college there and play football and get a great education at the same time."

"I really like what Coach Robinson is doing there. He coached in the NFL, and you can see that the whole staff has great football knowledge. The staff there came to see me more than any other staff. They not only came in to see me, but they became friends with my coaches, and they would come to hang out and talk to them. Just seeing how great a staff that they were, and how great they got along with everybody was one of the huge factors in my decision."

Throughout the year, fans have questioned Parker Cantey's size, but at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he should be ready to handle the load at outside linebacker.

"I would consider myself a ferocious tackler, " Cantey explained. "I am the type of player that is not going to miss a tackle. I would definitely consider myself a wrap up tackler, if I can get you, then you are going down. I have really been working hard at developing those skills over the last three or four years."

Cantey is not only dedicated to the football field, but there are some other motivational factors that he plans to use to propel himself forward onto a successful career off the field as well. He wanted to take the time to thank some of the people that have helped him along his journey to realize his dreams.

"My whole family has really inspired me to get where I am today. My parents and brothers have always been behind me from day one. I will be the first boy from my family to graduate from high school, and go on to college. It is a huge thing for me to be able to do that and everyone in my family has always been there."

"My high school coaches have also helped me out a lot. They have taken me and taught me some very important skills on the field, but more importantly, they have helped put me in a position to be successful off it. I am very thankful for all the people that have helped me get where I am."

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