Deacs Eyeing Super Soph

One of the most productive running backs in the state of North Carolina last year, regardless of class, Kevin Parks of West Rowan High School. The 5'7, 189 pound super sophomore has caught the eye of many Division I schools including Wake Forest. DeaconSports.com recently spoke with Parks about his season and recent combine performances.

To say Kevin Parks is a productive running back would be a severe understatement. Last season, Parks ran for an amazing 2,536 yards and 33 touchdowns for West Rowan High School. Those are huge numbers for anyone, much less a player who was just a sophomore.

Parks gives all credit to his teammates for his success. "I just have to give credit to my offensive line for my success. They create the holes and I just do my job." But when a play is not blocked perfectly, Parks still manages to get good yardage by using a variety of skills. "I think I have good vision which helps me. I also have a low center of gravity which I use to my advantage."

Recently, Parks participated in the Scout.com Under Armor Combine in Charlotte, N.C. and felt good about his performance. "I think I did good considering it was only my second combine. I also went to the national underclassman combine where I was named MVP of the running backs so I think I am showing well in the combines."

Coaches have taken notice of Parks and are already inquiring about him. "I am hearing from Wake, Clemson, N.C. State, Virginia, Stanford, Colorado, and Notre Dame right now. It is still so early in the process and I probably won't make any type of decision until after my junior season."

As far as Wake is concerned, Parks is very familiar with the Demon Deacon program. "I actually went to a one day camp at Wake my freshman year. They showed us the campus and we ate lunch there. I thought Wake was a real nice place. Also, a former teammate of mine Tristan Dorty plays there and he tells me a lot about Wake. Tristan came by school during his spring break and we talked about recruiting and he just told me to keep working hard and everything will work itself out."

Even though he is only a sophomore, it is obvious that Kevin Parks can be a special back. Having seen Parks in person, he certainly has great and vision but also brings toughness and desire to the field. He fights for every yard he can get and has a "refuse to lose" attitude on the field.

Note: Wake Forest coaches are also keeping a close eye on one of Parks' teammates, Chris Smith, a talented defensive end prospect who is also just a sophomore.


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