Juniors to Watch: Freddie Parish
School: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Position: Defensive Back/Running Back
Size and Speed: Freddie stands 6-foot-1, weighs in at 195 pounds and runs a 4.49 40-yard dash.
Statistics: Parish didn’t have stats since he backed up All-America safety and USC bound Darnell Bing. That being said, Freddie made the most of his opportunities. Parish racked up 21 tackles, broke up four passes and had one pick. He also rushed for 54 yards on only three carries and caught three passes for 30 yards.
Honors: Freddie won the Coach’s Award for Poly as a junior. He was an all-CIF selection as a sophomore when he played at South Torrance, Calif., and was MVP for both offense and defense when he attended Redondo Beach, Calif., as a freshman.
Favorite Schools: Freddie is hearing from schools from coast-to-coast. He has already received an offer from Stanford and the word is Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA could soon be following suit. USC, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Washington, Washington State and Colorado are also corresponding with Parish.
The Skinny: Freddie is player who definitely has his priorities in proper order. In a correspondence with Rivals this talented youngster let us know his focus will be the academic standings of the school’s law program and the social environment of the campus.
Whoever lands this Parish will be getting an outstanding football player as well as a special young man. By the time the season rolls around, Freddie could be rated as high as his predecessor Darnell Bing who is now on his way to USC.
Freddie trains with the Phenomenon Factory whose owner is Charles Collins. Collins has quite a track record helping athletes make it to the D1 level and beyond.
One of Freddie’s best qualities is his competitive nature. How many kids do you know who would want to transfer to another school when you are already making a name for yourself as an all-CIF performer? And Long Beach (Calif.) Poly no less? Not many let us reassure you. Freddie is not your normal young man or athlete. Parish wanted to play and practice with the best because of the challenge and the opportunity to become a better player.
Now you know why that Parish is high on the list of the likes of Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and more. The D1 schools like kids that are spirited and are not afraid of competition.
Look for Parish to be rated as one of the nation’s top free safety prospects before it is all over. He hits like a Mack truck and has playmaking capabilities. Another thing for you to consider is – Freddie’s best days on the gridiron are ahead of him. He has only been playing the game for five years!
Looks like Poly has another great defensive back for us to watch this season…