The top prospects across the country are clearly taking note of Kentucky Football’s continuing success under head coach Mark Stoops.
On Monday morning, a top 150 recruit from the class of 2023, dual-threat quarterback Chris Parson, announced that he had received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, his 10th overall offer and the first from an SEC program. 247 Sports ranks Parson as the class of 2023’s No. 126 player in the country and the No. 3 overall dual-threat quarterback. Rivals is all in on Parson as well, tabbing him as a four-star prospect from the class of 2023.
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Standing at a half-inch over 6-feet tall while weighing 190 pounds, Parson played his first two seasons of high school ball down in Texas before most recently transferring to Ravenwood High School located in Brentwood, TN. For those keeping note, Ravenwood is home to another highly-rated Kentucky target, class of 2022 cornerback Myles Pollard. Some of Parson’s other Power 5 offers have come from the likes of Iowa, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Oregon State, and TCU.
Parson was kind enough to talk about Kentucky and some other topics through Twitter Direct Message shortly after he revealed his offer from the Wildcats on Twitter. Parson told KSR that UK’s defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale was the one who made contact with him and eventually extended the offer. Most notably, the two briefly discussed how Clinkscale and the coaching staff have been impressed with Parson’s ability on film to make plays with the ball in his hands.
Even though Kentucky just came into the picture in terms of an official scholarship offer, Parson has been familiar with the program, especially ever since Coach Stoops took over ahead of the 2013 season. When asked about what appeals to him the most about UK, Parson had this to say:
“The upcoming,” Parson explained. “Ever since Coach Stoops got to UK in 2013 it’s been nothing but improvement and uprising. That stands out to me a lot. Also looking at guys throughout the past few years like Benny Snell and Lynn Bowden Jr. shows that the swag at UK is definitely there! When you see things like that it makes players want to come to that school and play for a Coach like Coach Stoops. I’ve done a lot of research on UK even before the offer and I’ve liked everything about it.”
Since he’ll be a junior this coming football season, the recruitment for Parson is still in the early stages, but he’s clearly taken notice of Kentucky and what the program has been able to do the last eight or so years. As of right now, Parson told KSR that Virginia Tech and TCU are the two schools recruiting him the hardest.
After watching some clips from his film, Parson appears to have several impressive tools at his belt side. He can sling it deep with confidence and accuracy while possessing the ability to make tough passes on the move if forced out of the pocket. Even when he’s being rushed, there’s a sense of calmness to his approach that prevents him from attempting too many bad passes. Parson is quick and elusive, as well, and can squeeze himself out of would-be tackles before they even get a finger on him.
He can also pull off plays such as this…
But if you ask him, it’s not his on-field capabilities that make him so good at a young age. Parson points to his mentality and competitiveness as his best attribute.
“I think [my] best attribute would be my drive and my mentality,” Parson told KSR. “I aim to have a competitive nature similar to Kobe [Bryant] and Tom Brady. When you set the bar according to those guys it shows my work ethic is like no other. And that allows me to get better and better in every aspect from recognizing defenses/coverages, accuracy, preparation as far as dieting and training, etc.”
It’s still a long way to go in his process, but Parson is someone to keep an eye on down the road.