Prospect Watch: Highland Springs WR Jabari Parker is now on the clock
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
It feels like just yesterday that we were concluding the regular season and stepping into postseason play. After five weeks of postseason play crowned two state champions out of the Central Region, it was time to take a pause for the cause before getting back into the grind and hustle in preparing for the regular season yet again. Not only is the offseason a time for many to lick their wounds and rebuild, it’s also a time that to take a look at what’s left over from a season prior. When some prospects move on due to graduation and playing football at the next level; welcoming the next class is absolutely necessary.
Reloading is a combination of multiple factors moving forward. Some programs prepare for the arrival of transfers while others look internally to fill holes. This includes seeing what’s leftover and also pulling impact players from junior varsity to begin their journey on a higher level of competition and responsibility.
Highland Springs has strategically done this well over the last handful of years, especially. One of the Springers’ major impact players expected to make the move from junior varsity next season will be none other than sophomore wide receiver Jabari Parker (2021 WR/DB 6-2 182). Ali Jennings, Jai’Veon Smalls, Devyn Coles, and A.J. Wells all had an excellent season last year for the Springers. However, all four will be moving on and it’s time to look forward to a new wave in which Parker’s could be a name we get used to.
Parker was front and center for the Clash of the Titans Showcase on Sunday afternoon in which 150 of the best up and coming prospects in the state put up a strong front. There were many wide receivers in attendance at Highland Springs, but Parker made sure give his home school a taste of what it can expect in late August.
“I felt good,” Parker told recruit804. “I’m just trying to get better and burst in and out of my routes.”
Parker spent last season on junior varsity where he split time at wide receiver and parts of the secondary. The will to elevate his game brought him out to Highland Springs on Sunday morning where the focus of his efforts was in establishing himself as a better route runner. Clash of the Titans prepared for upwards of 16 prospects with wide receiver expectations from a primary perspective while 11 additional prospects were hoping to get looked at from a secondary perspective.
Parker was good enough to outshine every wide receiver in attendance picking up MVP honors over regional winner’s Antuon Luster (Bethel) and Mikel Merritte (John Marshall).
Thus far, Parker has been on the move as of late taking visits out to North Carolina and North Carolina State University who have both expressed a liking towards his height and route running. Both programs head his dream list of programs to attend as well as Clemson University. The Tigers had a pair of receivers last year in Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross combine for almost 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. Both are tall and lengthy wide receivers in which Parker resembles in build and discipline. If Dabo Swinney gets a look at the Highland Springs product he may like what he sees. Until then, Parker vows to could to get ready for the regular season.
“I’m looking forward to bigger and better things. Our schedule for this year has some big opponents and I’m excited to compete against those teams and play my best,” Parker stated.
– Brandon Mitchell