Duke Building Relationship With '13 QB

Carlis Parker

This in-state dual threat QB says the Blue Devils are one of the programs he's developed a strong early relationship with.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe's number one calling card as a football coach has always been his ability to produce NFL quarterbacks.

From Peyton Manning and Tee Martin at Tennessee, to Eli Manning at Ole Miss, to Thaddeus Lewis at Duke, Cutcliffe has churned out NFL quarterbacks at every stop throughout his coaching career.

One recruit who has taken notice of Cutcliffe's track record with NFL quarterbacks is 2013 signal-caller Carlis Parker out of Statesville, North Carolina.

"They told me that they have produced a lot of quarterbacks like the Manning brothers," Parker said. "That really does help them. That is a main reason why Duke is one of the schools that I am considering that is still on my list."

That list includes schools such as North Carolina, East Carolina, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

All have jumped in with early scholarship offers.

Parker missed almost all of the 2011 season due an ACL injury suffered early in the year. Regardless, he has still emerged as one of the top junior quarterback prospects in the south.

Though Parker says it was very difficult to watch from the sidelines this season, he says that the rehabilitation process is going smoothly.

"Rehab is coming real well. Now, I'm only doing rehab once a week, when before it was three times a week. They are going to clear me to do sports in the spring, so I will be ready for spring workouts." The Duke coaching staff, led by recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick, has been in frequent contact with Parker, who says that he has a great relationship with the Blue Devil coaches.

"I have a real good relationship with the coaches at Duke. Last spring, they came out and watched me practice a couple of times and I got to talk to Coach Lubick about the program. He was just telling me about their program and how I can come and help them win a conference championship."

Parker was recently able to make the trip to Durham to experience a Duke game firsthand, and says that his experience was very positive.

"I went down when they played Florida State. It was a real nice visit. I hate that they didn't get the win, but it was a pretty good game and I really enjoyed the visit."

Parker lists his relationship with the coaching staff and a program with a high graduation rate as the two biggest factors in his college decision. He also says that he wants to major in business at college, so he will be looking for a school that offers a quality business major.

While the Blue Devils have not thrown their hat into the ring with a scholarship offer as of yet, it appears that the Blue Devils will have plenty of time to continue evaluating and building a relationship with Parker.

"I plan on making my decision after the season next year because I really don't want to rush or have any regrets about my decision. I want to know for sure that the school I choose is the school I want to go to."

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