Parham already has one under his belt

Speed kills and one of the fastest players in the JC ranks this season is East Central (Miss.) WR Freddie Parham (5-10, 175). He's a multi-dimensional receiver who likes the have the ball in his hands and with a good spring under his belt and an even better performance at's Mississippi combine, his name has made it onto the radar of the school that recruited him out of high school.

"Southern Mississippi's coaches got me placed here," Parham told recently. "The coach that was recruiting me for them, Frederick Tate, he played here and he was the one that referred me when they knew I wasn't going to qualify."

In addition to Southern Miss, Jacksonville State and UAB also recruited Parham hard as a senior at St. Clair County High School in Odenville, Alabama but his ACT score was one point short of what he needed so he headed to East Central.

"The coaches here are great," Parham said. "They make it real clear what they want from you and how to do it. They show you how to do it and they are really good at helping guys get moved on to the next level."

As a freshman at East Central last year, Parham put up solid numbers, posting 27 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 87 yards for another score and posted a solid 11.3 on punt returns.

He followed that up with an excellent spring and then earned All-Combine honors at the Mississippi combine by registering a 4.31 forty time, a 4.36 shuttle, a 38-inch vertical and he benched 185 pounds 10 times.

"I felt I had a great workout," Parham said. "It was a lot of fun getting out there. There were some really great guys out there and the talent and speed were pretty good too, but I felt like I did as well as I could have done."

On the recruiting front, Parham has had quite a few schools contact his coaches, but he only knows about his offer from Southern Miss.

"Well my coaches basically told me about my offer from Southern Miss and said that's where I should go," Parham said. "I would like to know the other schools that are interested in me because I think I could play SEC ball and I'd like to have as many options open as possible.

"I'm going to try and sit down and talk with them and see if I can find out, but we'll see."

Parham expects to finish up in December and will have three years to play two and he said he'd like to take at least one or two visits.

We'll have more from the Magnolia State speedster as the season gets underway.

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