Down the Line

While high school seniors are the primary focus of collegiate coaches, outstanding juniors are also beginning to take unofficial visits and line up programs of interest. Among those is a Pennsylvania prospect with strong ties to West Virginia.

Chris Parthemore, a 6-5, 225-pound tight end/defensive end prospect from Cedar Cliff High School took in WVU's win over Louisville, and was quite impressed with the amount of interaction he received.

"It was nice to speak with the players and all the coaches and people in the program," said Parthemore, who is just beginning the process of looking at potential college destinations. "I wasn't expecting to do that as much as what we did. We got a lot of individual attention. Being on the field before the game was kind of like being on the field for a game you were playing in, too. It was all really exciting."

Parthemore is already familiar with West Virginia, as his father, Gil, was a standout baseball player for the Mountaineers. His three uncles also attended WVU, thus he is well versed in Mountaineer lore.

" "They talk about it a lot," he said of his father and uncles. "I've grown up being a fan of West Virginia. We've gone over to see the facilities, and he has made a lot of opportunities for me to see the campus and the program."

When it comes to a college decision, which is still far in the future, Chris will be the one to make the final call. While his family would certainly love to see him attend West Virginia, they won't push him.

"He is letting me make my own decision," Chris said of the recruiting process. "I haven't narrowed anything down yet. Pretty much any school on the east coast, I would be interested in right now. Anyone that is interested in me, I won't turn down. I just want to go places, get the experience and learn as much as I can.

"We are going to start working on a list of schools I'd like to visit, and summer camps are on my agenda too," he continued. "One of my cousins, Renny Parthemore, came down to West Virginia's kicking camp over the summer, and he liked it a lot. He is at Cedar Cliff with me. We'll certainly be down to West Virginia's camp this summer."

With a personal best 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash, Parthemore is drawing interest at both tight end and tackle. He has also played four games at wide receiver this year due to an injury to a teammate, but his collegiate future is almost certainly on the end of the line, whether it is offensive or defensive. He would like to get a chance to play tight end in college, but before that plays out he is hoping to help his high school bounce back form a couple of uncharacteristic sub par seasons.

"We were 2-8 this year, but we are looking to bounce back and make the playoffs," he said.

With his frame and athletic ability, Parthemore will be one of the top tight end prospects in Pennsylvania during his senior season, and figures to attract a great deal of interest as his high school career enters its final year.


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