Parker Emerging Onto The Scene

Keller (TX) Fossil Ridge receiver Ryan Parker has made the transition back to the football field look easy.

Football is not an easy sport by any means, especially for someone who hasn't played in three years. For Keller (TX) Fossil Ridge receiver Ryan Parker, he's made the transition back to football seem effortless.

Parker is in his first year on the varsity for the Panthers, who have an overall record of 5-2 and a 3-1 record in district play. At 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Parker spent his first three years at Fossil Ridge as a member of the basketball team. He was named all district point guard as a freshman.

For Parker, basketball was more fun to him when he was a freshman. He played cornerback on the junior varsity but after just a few games, he decided to hang up his cleats to focus more on basketball.

After some persuasion from the football coaches and teammates at Fossil Ridge, Parker decided to give football another shot. He knew going into the season he had a chance to be special.

"I'm really confident in my game, I was a football player before I was a basketball player," Parker said. "I just didn't play in high school because I didn't like the position I was playing. I always felt I was good at receiver. I was a cornerback."

Making the move from cornerback to receiver was the best move the coaches could've made for Parker. The results have been tremendous as Parker has hauled in 36 catches for 696 yards and 10 touchdowns; good enough for fifth in the DFW area in receiving. He's also added over 100 yards on the ground and two more scores on special teams.

Recruiting is starting to pick up for Parker with programs including TCU starting to show him heavy interest.

"I have a couple of schools looking at me," he said. "My coach told me Ohio State was asking about me but I haven't talked to them yet. I talk to Coach (Dan) Sharp a lot and a bunch of junior colleges. UNT has also been calling me."

Parker says he speaks frequently with Sharp about the possibility of playing for the Frogs. But first, he just needs to handle some business in the classroom.

"They really want me but I have a grade situation so we're trying to figure that out," Parker said. "If I already had the right grades they would've already offered me."

There's no hesitation from Parker when discussing TCU; if the Frogs do end up offering, he's wasting little time in making his commitment.

"That's where I want to go honestly," he said of TCU. "If they offered, that's where I'd commit right now."

Proximity and his relationship with the coaches are some of the reasons TCU stands out above the others.

"They're close to home and I feel like they have a great coaching staff," he said. "I just like the way they run things up there."

Parker will be in attendance on Saturday when the Frogs host the Texas Longhorns in a game that should be TCU's largest crowd of the season.

"I actually have a sideline pass for this weekend's game against Texas," he said. "I also went to their game against LSU. I have an invite to every game."


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