West Rowan RB Kevin Parks, who has broken about every rushing record North Carolina has to offer while scoring 50 touchdowns so far this year, was told by at least one in-state program that he was too slow.
Of course, a lot of recruiters looked at his time at the Scout.com combine in Charlotte last April, which I attended. Parks ran a 4.73 40 at that one, and that’s the time Scout lists for him on its site.
The problem with that is that the 40 course was on grass, and also on a very bumpy West Charlotte High practice field that was not in game shape.
There were lots of 4.7s turned in by speedy athletes that day.
Parks’ 5-foot-6 height also hurt him, but he’s a 195-pound bowling ball. Watch him on tape and see how often he is caught from behind. It doesn’t happen much.
Parks, K.P. to his friends, wanted to play in the ACC. N.C. State, Clemson, North Carolina and Wake Forest didn’t offer. East Carolina and Stanford did, but he chose Virginia.
And next year, he will start making those schools who dissed him regret it.