Thursday, June 13, 2013
Georgia lands ESPN 150 ATH Parrish
By Radi Nabulsi
The Georgia Bulldogs continue to build their recruiting momentum as the month of June rolls on. What started out as a slow spring for commitments is now a red-hot summer with pledges from top targets. After picking up two commitments on Saturday and one on Tuesday, the Bulldogs have struck again.
ESPN 150 athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) has committed to Georgia according to his coach Maurice Freeman.
Parrish’s commitment comes less than 48 hours after a fellow Peach State standout, running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) announced that he was going to join the Bulldogs’ recruiting class. Last Saturday, at the Mark Richt minicamp, offensive lineman Jake Edwards (Franklin, Co./Heard County) and wide receiver Gilbert Johnson (Miami, Fla./Southridge) were both offered scholarships and both accepted on the spot. Georgia has now almost doubled the size of its class since the month started.
Parrish picked the Bulldogs over Georgia Tech. He also had offers from Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Most of those programs had offered Parrish as an athlete but Georgia wanted the 5-foot-10, 185-pound rising senior to play in the secondary, which matched Parrish’s desires.
“I want to play cornerback in college,” Parrish told DawgNation in May.
Although Parrish has yet to play a down at cornerback in high school, spending most of his time under center, his potential was on display last Saturday as he came away with two interceptions in one-on-drills against ESPN 150 wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe. La./ Ouachita Parish). Sims is also a top Georgia target and the Bulldogs would love to see the two repeat their battles on the practice field.
For now the staff in Athens will have to fend off other schools that are going to continue to chase Parrish.
As a junior, Parrish threw for 3,001 yards and 24 touchdowns, ran for 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading his team to its first undefeated regular season and the Region 1-AA championship. His playmaking ability at quarterback did not immediately translate into offers, but it did earn Parrish an invite to the Rising Seniors Junior Bowl, a program that has catapulted many unknown prospects onto the national stage. Less than two months after the event, Parrish picked up his first offer which just so happened to come from the Georgia.
The No. 70 overall prospect in the nation, Parrish gives the Bulldogs three members in the ESPN 150 as he joins running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) in headlining the Bulldogs’ class.