Things Could Happen Fast with Parrish

The emerging defensive back from Long Beach Poly, Freddie Parrish, has one offer so far, but things could be changing in that regard fairly soon...

Freddie Parrish, 6-1, 200, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, is a defensive back prospect that things could happen quickly with this spring or summer.

Parrish's father, Freddie Sr., went to UCLA in the late ‘70s, and his son grew up a UCLA fan, with UCLA being the place where young Freddie wanted to be.

Right now, the young Parrish hasn't been offered by UCLA just yet, while Stanford has, which has made Stanford his current leader. Parrish has taken an unofficial visit to Stanford's campus, and Stanford has offered Freddie contingent on him improving his GPA and SAT. He currently has a 3.2 and a 960, and Stanford wants him to improve to a 3.4 and a 1050 minimum.

"When he first took the SAT, he just took it on a lark," Freddie Sr. said. "He's been studying since. He's a good student and very intelligent, so we're pretty confident he'll improve his score enough to get a qualifying SAT for Stanford. With his GPA, if he gets a 3.8 or a 4.0 this semester, he'll raise his core GPA to a 3.4. And he's on track to do that."

So, why hasn't UCLA offered Parrish yet? For two reasons. First, UCLA has been somewhat selective with its early offers this year, given the fact that they only have 15 graduating seniors and thus a smaller number of scholarships available. Secondly, as Freddie Sr. will concede, it was hard to really scout Freddie last year when he played for Poly as a junior since he didn't start on such a loaded Poly team. The UCLA coaches – as well as coaches from other programs – simply don't have a lot of film to go on. Stanford has offered Parrish, but so far that's his only offer. UCLA, Oregon and Washington have seen as much tape as is available from last season. All three programs want to see more tape, and all three want Parrish to unofficially visit their campuses this summer. Freddie Sr. said that those are predominantly the schools his son will consider, but also said there's a possibility he'd think about Notre Dame.

Also, Parrish, who's considered a good cover corner but possibly projects better at safety because of his size and hitting ability, has been training since last season, and has improved himself athletically. According to his father, Parrish clocked a 4.49 in the 40 last week at Poly. He's also put on some very solid pounds of muscle since last season.

Parrish played at South Torrance at a sophomore, where he earned All-CIF honors as a defensive back. Parrish Sr. has been talking with UCLA about more tape, and Parrish Sr. will be sending UCLA tape from his son's sophomore season. "They said they wanted a full game of Freddie as a sophomore at South Torrance," Freddie Sr. said. "(UCLA defensive coordinator) Phil Snow said he wants to see the tape, see Freddie personally, like in the UCLA one-day camp, and then they'd most likely offer. They told me a couple of days ago that the offer could be coming even sooner than later."

Would an offer from UCLA change Parrish's preference for schools? Freddie Sr. said, "Well, no comment."

Parrish will attend the Nike Camp at USC April 13th, but also attend the Nike Camp at Palo Alto May 18th. College coaches can attend the Palo Alto camp but not the camp at USC, which is the main reason why Parrish will attend both camps. Parrish also intends to attend UCLA's one-day camp June 8th.


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