Wake Forest looking at quarterback

Finding the right signal caller is a crucial part of the recruiting process. Wake Forest is showing serious attention to this out-of-state prospect. DeaconSports has the latest news...

Parker McLeod, who led Walton High School to the Georgia Class AAAAA state championship game in his first year as a starter, talked about the Demon Deacons.

"I was at Wake Forest for a Junior Day," said McLeod. "They have a great coaching staff. I spent some time talking with Coach Elrod. He told me that he liked my film and thought I would fit well in their offense.

"The campus was beautiful. We toured the stadium then went to a basketball game. My parents came with me. They both liked it a lot and thought the academics were very impressive."

There is certainly competition for McLeod. He has been offered by Louisville, Boston College, and, most recently, by Oklahoma State. McLeod is keeping his options open and interested in a return visit to Winston-Salem this spring.

"Wake Forest wanted me to come see a spring practice to get a better knowledge of the offense," McLeod stated. "I'm going to call Coach Knorr and get that set up.

"Last Monday I went to UNC to see them practice. Coach Anerson showed me around the facilities. Chapel Hill is a great city. I was very impressed with their academics as well, especially the Business school."

McLeod, 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, had an excellent team around him last season at Walton. This included the twin sons of former NBA star, Mookie Blaylock, Zack and Daron. The twins signed with Kentucky in February, but star running Tyren Jones (Alabama commitment) is still there as is offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow, who has been offered by Wake Forest.

"At Walton we run a pro-style offense," McLeod said. "As a junior I threw for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. My arm strength, accuracy, and pocket presence are probably my strongest points as a passer. I do a pretty good job of running out of the pocket when I have to. We lost a lot on the offensive line and on defense, but our goal is to get back and win a state championship."

McLeod said his best game in the playoff-run was against Lassiter in the semifinals. He was six-of-10 passing for 172 yards and had two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, in the 30-24 victory.

From a football family, McLeod's father, Bob, played college football for Army. He's also an exceptional student, reporting a 4.0 GPA.

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