Last Saturday night was actually the first time that I watched Orrville High School’s Marquael Parks play in an actual football game. Watched him in 7on7 competition, watched him in a scrimmage, and watched his HUDL hi-lites. Seeing him run the ball in person was well worth it.
For the game, against a very good Pleasant High School football team, he was the most explosive high school player runner that I have seen for a while. Regardless of school size, he had the vision, the burst, the change of direction, and best of all, the toughness and competitiveness to be special carrying a football.
For the night, he rushed for 238 yards on 20 carries. Ran for 4 TD’s and returned a fumble for a 5th TD. In the middle of the 1st quarter, he ran for a 75 TD.
I spoke with him for just a few minutes before pregame. Wished him the best. Before a basketball game last year, I spent some time with him talking about what it takes to play on the next level. At the time, I was impressed with his attitude, and being only a 10th grader. Much the same attitude that I saw last Saturday.
Last year Orrville won the OHSAA State Championship in Division 5. Marquael rushed for 153 yards and 3 scores.
Having so much success, so early, even as a 9th grader, is hard for some athletes to handle. As for Marquael, he continues to get better the playing field handling the pressures of a high profile recruit. This past quarter, he had over a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.
Really like him – alot. The most explosive player in the state and only a junior. The 5’8-150 frame may concern some college coaches. In some areas Marquael Parks is a work in progress. Just like carrying the football, he keeps getting better and better.
Marquarel is an MSR top five prospect in the Ohio Class of 2021. Much the same as his cousin, Byron Threats at Dublin Coffman High School.