SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. -- Athlete Tre’ Parmalee (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege) played strong safety and wide receiver in high school, and he’s looking to make a name for himself on the FBS level.
Parmalee, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound sleeper and the son of Kansas City Chiefs tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee, has interest from Kansas, Kansas State and Northern Illinois. Playing the receiver spot may be Parmalee’s ticket in college, as he recorded 82 catches this year and 67 last year.
“Number one, he just loves to play. He didn’t come off the field for us,” Bishop Miege offensive coordinator Jon Holmes said. “Every time we needed a big play on offense, it was Tre who stepped up, whether going over the middle or catching a bubble [screen] and making a guy miss.”
Bernie Parmalee played nine seasons in the NFL – seven with the Dolphins and two with the Jets – before going into coaching. Bernie coached with the Dolphins from 2002-04 before coaching college ball at Notre Dame from 2005-09. He took a tight ends coaching position with the Chiefs in 2010.
Tre Parmalee has been around that kind of environment all his life, and Holmes said his football IQ can help him become an impact player on the college level. He recently took a visit to Northern Illinois but is still weighing all of his options.
“Tre grew up in South Bend, and by just watching him on the field, you can definitely tell he’s been around the game a lot,” Holmes said. “He does all the things that are very hard to teach a kid.”
Parmalee’s biggest edge as a receiver this season may have been his ability to take punishment over the middle. No matter how hard he was hit, Parmalee not only made the catch but also bounced back up for the next play.
“He took a lot of those kind of hits, but when you’re doubled a lot with a safety over the top, that’s going to happen,” Holmes said. “The one thing about him was that he wasn’t hurt all year. He spent a lot of time in the weight room in the offseason and wanted to get bigger and stronger.”
Parmalee helped Bishop Miege advance to the Kansas Class 5A state quarterfinals this season. He also was named a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award, which is awarded to the top receiver in the Kansas City metropolitan area.