West Mifflin senior Parrish Parker thought that his collegiate decision was made, as the Class of 2019 defensive back committed to Howard in August before the start of his senior year.
When the Titans lost to Blackhawk in the first round of the 2018 WPIAL playoffs, Parker took off the blue and gold and prepared to don the red and blue of Howard.
He was excited for the cultural aspect of attending one of the nation’s premier historically black universities and playing for experienced head coach Mike London and dynamic offensive coordinator Brennan Marion, who was Parker’s primary recruiter.
But sometimes, life gets in the way of our best-laid plans. In late November, London left Howard to become the new head coach at William and Mary. Marion followed.
Parker did not.
Recruitment still open ‼️
— Parrish Parker (@Gifted_VII) November 15, 2018
“I’m not really interested in going there,” he said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. I haven’t really talked to [the coaches].”
When Parker had committed to Howard, he’d held offers to Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Liberty, Old Dominion Robert Morris, Saint Francis and Toledo.
But of course, after he committed to Howard, many of those schools moved on and began recruiting other players. Parker’s process had to begin again.
“It’s frustrating,” Parker said. “It’s like starting over.”
But Parker is a talented player, and once he re-opened his recruitment, some of those schools have come back around. Parker has already heard from a half-dozen of the schools that were originally recruiting him.
He’s planning on visiting Bowling Green, Duquesne, Robert Morris and Saint Francis in December, and said he’s hoping to find the combination of the right school fit and chance to earn early playing time.
But he’s staying positive throughout the process.
Everything happens for a reason ‼️????????
— Parrish Parker (@Gifted_VII) December 5, 2018