OF NOTE: Enrolled in January after graduating from high school early.
RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 81 “athlete” in the country and the No. 21 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 183 overall player in the country by PrepStar … Ranked as the No. 22 player in North Carolina in SuperPrep’s preseason issue … Ranked as the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 18 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 137 wide receiver in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 43 “athlete” in the country, the No. 163 player in his region and the No. 12 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Rated as the No. 8 combo quarterback in the country by MaxPreps.
THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on April 23, 2012 … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Threw for 1,181 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season … Also rushed for 959 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior … Had 44 tackles as a safety on defense his senior year … Sat out nearly all of his junior season after tearing an ACL in the first game, but as a sophomore, threw for 1,892 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Born 11/24/93 in Statesville, NC … Son of Teresa Vines and Carlis Parker, Sr. … Has an older sister and a younger brother … Contemplated majors are communications and business.
WHY HE CHOSE TECH: “I chose Tech because I loved the campus when I came up there. I think I can focus on school and be focused in football. They have a winning program there, and Frank Beamer was serious about me being a quarterback. A lot of schools wanted me to move to receiver, but he really wanted me as a quarterback. That said a lot.”