Parker's Commitment Remains Solid

Tight end Andrew Parker, a 6'5, 230-pound prospect out of Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Florida, committed to Wake Forest in June. Since his commitment, Parker has had a big-time senior season as has his team at Bartram Trail.

"I think this season was the best our school ever had," noted tight end Andrew Parker. "Our team really bonded and trusted each other. It's the hardest working team I'd ever been on and it showed this year. We went to the 4th round of the playoffs, almost to states. We showed well after we worked hard and you could tell we really wanted to get [to the states.]"

Individually, Parker also had a terrific season. Coaches and scouts alike have noted that Parker had a tremendous senior season for Bartram Trail. "I think that I did pretty well," said the three-star player. "I started getting the ball later during the season. I think I had a touchdown every game for the last four games."

On the season, Parker believes he had around 30 catches for 450-yards and five touchdowns from the tight end spot.

Although schools continued to sniff around the Florida prospect during his strong senior season, Parker notes that he is a solid commitment to Wake Forest. "[Schools] pretty much know I'm solid with Wake," Parker said. "I'm solid verbal to Wake. Wake was my final decision because I love the coaches there, the campus. One of my best friends [Scott Betros] is going there so that helped out a lot. It's a great school with great academics."

Parker, who is friends with Demon Deacon verbal commitments Scott Betros, Ted Stachitas, and Riley Haynes, will get the opportunity to meet more current players and recruits later this month when he takes his official visit to Wake Forest. Parker will visit Wake on the weekend of January 18th along with Betros.

Parker, who last visited Winston-Salem for the Demon Deacons' game against Nebraska, has a shot to complete for playing time next year although most would expect that he, along with most of the class of 2008, will redshirt next season. Wake Forest will certainly be looking for tight end talent in spring and summer camp as the Demon Deacons' top two tight ends, John Tereshinski and Zac Selmon, just finished their final season of eligibility. "It depends on how I do in the summer," Parker said. "If I work hard and do well, I might get a chance to play next year."

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