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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Dawgs first to offer in-state ATH

By Kipp Adams

Last season was a special one for Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks Co.), as he  threw for 3,001 yards and 24 touchdowns, ran for 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns, and led his team to its first undefeated regular season and the Region 1-AA championship.

But on Wednesday, something happened that the 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete says tops anything else.

“The experience was like nothing I have ever been through,” Parrish said. “No one was looking at me before, so I was telling myself I was not doing something right, or I was not good enough. Georgia took a lot of weight off my shoulders and made me feel more confident about my abilities. When Mike Bobo gave me the news, I could not say anything. All I could do was blush and grin ear to ear.”

Parrish is known in high school mainly as a playmaking quarterback, but like former Peach State passers Eric Berry, Bacarri Rambo and Champ Bailey, he likely will project to defensive back at the next level. He might lack experience at the position, but he is ready to compete.

“I have only been playing cornerback for about a year and a half, so when I get to the next level I hope to play with some other great defensive backs and learn from them,” Parrish said.

The South Georgia standout, who comes from a town split evenly with fans of Florida State and Georgia, is honored for his first scholarship to come from the in-state Bulldogs. But he admits someone else will be more excited about the news.

“It means a lot to get my first offer from Georgia,” Parrish said. “I plan to tell my mom later tonight to see what she says. She is going to be very excited, because she is a Georgia fan up and down. I already know she is going to try and get me to pull the trigger on that one.”

Two other schools came in after Georgia with scholarships, which helped Parrish realize he was truly talented enough to play at the next level.

“Georgia Tech offered me as a quarterback two hours after Georgia did, and that is when I realized this was a great day,” Parrish said. “Getting that offer from Georgia Tech just took me to another level, then hearing that Kentucky is offering is the icing on the cake. Right now I am going to be patient and be open-minded, so I can learn more about my offers.”