Highland Springs WR Jabari Parker (Video Still: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Virginia Tech offers PWO spot for Jabari Parker
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Virginia Tech and Highland Springs High School have a great deal of history between one another. Waddy Harvey who starred at Highland Springs back in the 1960s went on to become a standout at Virginia Tech, and eventually a member of their Hall of Fame. Fast forward several decades later, and current Springers Head Coach Loren Johnson was roaming the Hokies secondary from 1995-1998.
The 2000s brought James Davis Jr., Victor Macho Harris, and Derrick Hopkins from Highland Springs to Blacksburg where all three enjoyed solid careers dawning the maroon and orange. In hopes of rekindling a once-solid relationship between the two programs, Virginia Tech was back in Eastern Henrico last week and delivered a preferred walk-on opportunity to one of the Springers up and coming defensive prospects.
Virginia Tech cornerback Coach Ryan Smith offered Jabari Parker (2021DB/WR 6-3 200) the walk-on opportunity. According to Jabari, Coach Smith and the rest of the Hokies staff believe he could someday be the next big defensive back laying the wood in Blacksburg.
“Coach Smith and the staff really like my film. A PWO opportunity is the best they can do for me at this point, but this opportunity would allow me to come to Blacksburg and prove I’m worthy of a full scholarship.”
He continued, “They were upfront with me about the recruiting process and how COVID-19 has impacted their recruiting. Their 2021 class is close to full and they have limited spots available. They believe I can help the team a lot defensively at the safety position.”
Jabari’s recruitment got off to a hot start the summer heading into his junior season. He picked up his first offer from William and Mary in June of 2019 and subsequently picked up offers from Kent State, Townson, Air Force, Gardner Webb, The Citadel, Navy, Georgetown, and Stony Brook.
At this point, he retains committable offers from Navy, Citadel, Gardner Webb, Towson, and Georgetown. It’s no secret that Jabri’s recruitment has stalled in large part to COVID-19. However, Parker is not the type of kid to pity himself. He’s been out on the camp circuit every weekend trying to get better and improve his recruiting profile.
“Life can change in a day, a month, a year,” he stated. “I’ve seen kids with zero offers blow up overnight. I play with a chip on my shoulder and have been competing with the best talent in the 804 all summer. Guys like Jaylen Jones (Virginia Tech), Damond Harmon (Oklahoma), and Andre Greene Jr. (40+ D-I offers) have made me better. I’m just waiting for my time.”
As a junior, Jabari played more of a backup role behind guys like Malcolm Greene (Clemson) and David Laney (ECU). Now, it’s his time to shine and become the next big addition to the “Seatbelt Gang.”
“I’m an extremely hard worker and I always play like I have something to prove. I can play corner, free safety, strong safety, nickel, it doesn’t matter. I’m a winner on the field and in the classroom.”
– Byron Jones