Transfer Opens Door for Pine Forest QB

After spending the last few months fielding letters with no clear direction for his recruitment, Keith Parker might have received a break when Tennessee stopped by his high school last week.

"The coach said they weren't going to recruit me because they had enough quarterbacks," said Parker. "But, [Brent Schaffer] left so that left room to pick up another quarterback. He said Coach [Phil] Fulmer liked my film and sent him down here to see if I was interested. Then he gave me a phone number to call them and a lot of camp information. The coach told me to come to the one-day camp."

Parker, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound dual threat quarterback from Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest, is also receiving interest from Army, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Aurburn, Clemson, Virginia, Maryland, Penn State, and Illinois.

Although Parker would welcome any scholarship offer, there are five schools that he would like to see a tender from.

"I would like to see offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and Penn State," said Parker. "I like South Carolina because Steve Spurrier is there and I know he likes to put the ball in the air. Plus my family from Georgia can come watch me.

"Maryland and Virginia are in the ACC so I can be seen by all of my people at home on TV and many people from my area went to Virginia and they like it.

"Penn State just had a very good recruiting class this year and they signed the number one player in the nation, so that tells me that they are trying to restore there program."

In one of the tougher football areas in the state, Parker completed 96 of 234 passes for 1,401 yards and ten touchdowns last season.

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