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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

CCC quarterback Jakob Parks is taking his show on the road



This spring, Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Jakob Parks picked up his first offer from Eastern Kentucky.

That did not did not generate scholarship offers from other schools despite an impressive showing in the spring game against Clearwater.

So Parks decided to go to them.

He will be on a whirlwind tour this month, visiting as many colleges as possible to show off his skills at camps. This past week there were stops Indiana, Marshall, Memphis, Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky.

On Sunday, he attended the Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Jefferson High.

It does not end there. Parks will attend camps at Akron on Wednesday and Ball State on Thursday. He might go to Eastern Michigan on Friday.

Parks said he plans to attend more than 15 camps in June.

“This month is just crazy,” Parks said. “I’m to going as many camps as I can to get as exposure as possible for myself and my team.”

In today's high-pressure world of college football, potential recruits try to gain an edge by mailing letters, sending out a DVD of highlights or investing in recruiting services.

Parks chose to be more proactive. To market himself to schools, he wanted to attend as many camps as possible to be under the coaches' chins. But this was not just a mad summer scramble to gain exposure. He went through a detailed game plan. He toured already showed interest and focused on ones that operated out of a spread offense.

The Sound Mind Sound Body camp was different than the others he has attended so far.

“They talked not only about football, but also about life,” Parks said. “They talked about everything. It was good. Something else that gets my name out there.”

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2016 1:13pm]


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