Mountain State Standout

If he's not the best senior prospect in the state, he's certainly in the top two or three, and he has the numbers to prove it.

Woodrow Wilson High School's Adam Parkulo, a big hitting linebacker from Beckley, racked up an almost unbelievable 176 tackles as a junior. Somehow, that total wasn't good enough to earn him a spot on the first team all-state squad, but it's an oversight that he plans to rectify after being "relegated" to the second team last fall.

"I want to be on the first team this year," Parkulo told BlueGoldNews.com. "I think I got gypped last year, so I want to correct that. My goal is just to try to go out and play to the best of my ability."

The ability of which he speaks is evident to see. A rangy (6-3, 215 lbs.) linebacker who seems to be everywhere on the field, Parkulo craves the contact and intensity of the defensive side of the ball.

"I've played a little bit of fullback and running back, but I really like defense," said the tackling machine. "I'm hard nosed, and I just want to make the play. That's where I see myself playing in college. I played in the middle when we had four linebackers, and I've played on the outside when we were in three linebacker sets. I think I'd probably be more suited to the middle in college."

Parkulo participated in his first combine last week when he made the trip for the half-day event at WVU. He admitted that he wasn't sure what to expect other than the standard testing drills like the 40-yard dash, but ended up being comfortable with the day.

Parkulo's big junior numbers haven't earned him an offer yet, but he definitely has the interest of a number of schools, including the home state Mountaineers.

"I have been hearing the most from West Virginia, Tennessee, Pitt, Maryland and Virginia Tech," Parkulo said as he ticked off the schools that have expressed interest. "James Madison has also been in touch a lot. West Virginia wants me to come back up for their camp in a couple of weeks when they have their top recruits in, so that's good."

For now, Parkulo lists the Volunteers, Mountaineers Terrapins and Panthers as his top four, but that list could change as more teams hear about the hard-driving West Virginian.

NOTES

  • Parkulo has a 3.2 GPA, and has taken the ACT once. At that GPA level, he should have no trouble qualifying.

  • Parkulo has dropped almost ten pounds from his playing weight while competing on the Flying Eagle baseball team this spring, but doesn't anticipate any problems putting it back on for football. His play on the diamond has kept him from attending any other combines or camps so far this spring. While he plans to play baseball again as a senior, (he's a catcher) he has football as his first priority for college.

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