’24 All-State, OL being courted by many programs, commonwealth-wide
Jacob Parker is an intriguing prospect. There are several reasons for this. For one, he didn’t even start playing football until about three year ago. For another, he has an enviable “Big Boy” frame (6’4,” 270-pounds), is athletic (4.9-second 5-10-5; 7.4-second cone-drill), has good straight line speed (5.4-second, 40-yard dash), and has good power and strength (310-pound bench press). The biggest attribute he possesses, and college programs really look for this, is his “growth potential.” Parker’s best football is still ahead of him. Some lucky program will reap the benefit of this.HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Parker is a player who has made impressive strides over the course of a three-year football career. Parker didn’t grow up playing junior pro or middle school football like most every other member of his graduating class.
Regardless, he has taken to the game quickly; has worked very, very hard; and has rounded himself into a bone fide, all-state performer and college prospect. Teams around Kentucky have noticed.
Rick Fox, offensive coordinator of (perhaps) Kentucky’s premier and most prestigious small-college program, drove all the way to the Appalachias just to iterate to the Breathitt High big man how much his services were coveted in Danville, Kentucky.
We got the message. It resonated with us.
What’s not to like? Parker was instrumental in paving the way for an offense which rushed for more than 2,000 yards and passed for more than 1600-yards while scoring 384-points in its 12-games.
Breathitt’s entire team improved as the year went along. Breathitt ended the year among 2A’s better football teams owing to both Parker’s and his teammates’ efforts.
Parker made our 840WHAS & KPGFootball, Small School (1A, 2A, & 3A), All-State Football Team. This team, picked by a join selection committee made up of WHAS and KPG staffers, and chairmanned by yours truly, announced our team on a special reveal show broadcast on Kentucky’s most popular program covering high school football in commonwealth history.
We are describing, “Friday Night Kentucky.” The involvement of Kentucky’s oldest and most listened to radio station has made our team easily among the more coveted and prestigious post-season honors in high school football today.
This honor was bestowed on Parker. Parker has gone on record saying, “I have always been a hard worker when it comes to what I love and want. I love football and want football to be part of my future.”
Parker gets up every morning at 5 a.m. He is the first person to report to workouts at Breathitt and the last person to leave. He is a 110% kind of player. I have personally witnessed all of this.
Parker works hard on the field. Parker works hard in the classroom.
Parker appears smitten with Centre’s football program and overall institutional prestige and the degree of smitten appears bilateral. Parker has made numerous, game-day visits this Fall, has hosted an “in-home” with an integral member of Centre’s staff, and has over-nights scheduled as this process continues to progress towards a decision.
In Parker, Centre would be getting a fantastic frame and work ethic. In Centre, Parker would be getting a first-class education and facilities the envy of the entire NCAA, Division III.
Is this a “match made in heaven?” Does Centre lead for this very fine All-State player?
Our answer would be pure conjecture. We like where the Colonies are in this one; but, ultimately, we shall just have to wait and see.
This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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