Westside-Macon’s linebacker/safety prospect Jayland Parker has seen a major boost to his recruitment, and just in the last week Virginia Tech, Liberty, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and NC State have all offered. Parker had plenty of FBS attention prior to this recent onslaught, but his recruiting attention really all started at the end of January, and now Parker has over 20 offers to date with over double-digit offers from P5 schools.
“It’s crazy to go from 3 offers to have double digits offers but I’m trying to stay humble and level-headed,” Parker said.
It was just last fall that we made Parker’s profile, and soon after he received a Rising Senior invite that seemingly catapulted his recruitment into D1 relevancy. In fact, it was just a few weeks after the late-December Rising Seniors All-Star game that his first P5 offer came in by way of Rutgers.
Like so many Westside defenders, Parker plays the game with urgency, and does a great job of stepping up to a pass in the flat to destroy the ball carrier. He is almost always a play or two away from the big hit, and at 6’2″ and right at 200 lbs.; Parker has the size, frame and mindset to grow into a WILL at the next level. The active junior has good ball skills too in pass coverage, and his background as a DB should only continue to peak P5 interest as we progress through his recruitment.
“I’m planning on visiting FSU, Louisville, Pitt, VT, Florida and UVA soon,” Parker confirmed.
Right now, Parker is a hot commodity among FBS schools, especially the ACC, so it should be interesting to see how his colleges visits go these upcoming weeks. Schools like FSU and Florida still have not offered, and it will be interesting to see if he walks away with a scholarship after visiting the historical football powerhouses.