In a day and age where people are enamored with numbers in terms of measurables we take a look at an intriguiging prospect from Greer High School. Many analysts and college coaches are stuck on protypical measurements in terms of size when looking at potential recruits. Each and every season though it seems more and more prospects are able to circumvent the "prototype size" bit and college coaches are able to see just how valuable these "non-prototypical" sized prospects can be extremely beneficial to their programs.
With guys of smaller stature like Noel Devine tearing it up on the NCAA level and Maurice Jones-Drew doing the same on the NFL level there is some light to be shed on the little guys who are hoping to catch a look. One such prospect is 2010 Greer High RB Dominique Parks. Standing 5'8 185 pounds he isn't going to stand out after a quick eye test when you see him but what he's been able to do on the football field is a testament to his talent and speed. We caught up with Parks to talk about his career thus far and how his recruitment is starting to develop.
Last year saw Parks simply run rampant against almost every opponent. Pairing up with QB Efferlan Williams the two-headed monster had opponents shaking their heads often after huge gains on the ground by Parks and his backfield teammate. It was a stellar season for the 2010 prospect and now with Williams set to graduate and headed on to college the load appears to be more geared for Parks next year. Rushing for 2300 yards on 266 carries last year Parks was a giant in terms of numbers. Add the fact that he found the endzone 28 times last year and it's easy to see why he's already starting to hear from a number of schools.
"Right now I'm hearing from Florida and Georgia Tech. Out of those two I'd have to say that Florida is recruiting me the hardest at this point. Florida apparently likes what they've seen so far," Parks told us.
Asked about his thoughts on having such a huge statistical season last year he replied, "It was great! I knew I had to have a breakout season to be mentioned with the other guys so it felt really great!" For his career so far Parks says he's had 452 carries for 3326 yards and 34 touchdowns.
A season ago Parks had the luxury of having an All-State lineman to lead the way or open a huge hole many times in 2009 OL Tymeco Gregory. With his graduation Parks says he'll have to make some adjustments. "I just have to run smart and I have to know when to take a hit or just run out of bounds. I have to improve my technique as well."
Given his size as stated before many opponents don't give him the necessary respect when attempting to slow the 2010 prospect down. He uses those slights to his advantage most times. "I'd have to say my biggest strengths are my strength, my speed, and quickness because bigger guys underestimate my power because of my size so I really use that against them." That strength relays from maxes on the bench press of 290 pounds, a max squat of 475 pounds, and power cleaning 280 pounds. Couple that power with 4.42 second 40 speed and it's easy to see why he's getting early interest from Florida and Georgia Tech.
A couple of games last season really stood out for Dominique and he talked about those memorable contests at length. "The Riverside game and the Seneca game were both games for me. I had 5 touchdowns and in the Riverside game I had close to 400 yards alone. In the Seneca game I had 350 yards. Even though I didn't score against Byrnes I had a lot of yards against them. I also scored the on the game winning drive against Greenville."
When asked what team was the toughest he faced last year he quickly replied, "Byrnes, because they are a good team and have a lot of talent. We faced them too early in the season."
As for his senior season Parks says his team and personal goals are plain and simple. "Our goal is to win the AAA state championship next year. Personally I'd like to rush for more yards and touchdowns than I did last year."
Parks says he'll take a long look at plenty of factors when looking at potential colleges. As of right now all things weigh equally for him. He did however share with us his early list of favorites at this juncture in his recruitment.
"My favorite schools at this point are Florida, Texas, Georgia, Appalachian State, and East Carolina, and Georgia Tech. Florida is my favorite right now because I've heard the most from them thus far and I really like what they have in Gainesville."
Currently almost all of the schools contacting Parks are recruiting him as a running back although a few have mentioned him playing at the cornerback position possibly on the next level.
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