Posted: 7:28 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Where will AJC’s Mr. Football sign? 

By Michael Carvell

AJC Mr. Football for 2013 Jaquez Parks

AJC Mr. Football for 2013 Jaquez Parks

Jaquez Parks, the AJC’s Mr. Football for 2013, committed to Kennesaw State on Thursday.

The quarterback from Griffin High School picked the Owls over offers from Army, Air Force, Mercer and UT-Chattanooga. Kennesaw State will begin play in 2015 under former Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon.

“I think Coach Bohannon is going to do a great job there starting that program,” Griffin coach Steve Devoursney said. “I think he got a steal with a quarterback to start that program with.”

“Jaquez is a difference-maker. He was the AJC’s player of the year. That says enough. But the kid can both run and pass very well. He can help a team win in a lot of different ways. He was the best quarterback I’ve ever had. He’s a special kid.”

Why KSU? “It’s close to home, it’s a new program, and he has the opportunity to start his first year.”

The 6-foot, 200-pound Parks passed for 3,640 yards and rushed for 1,329 yards while leading Griffin to its first state championship since 1978. Parks was overlooked by bigger colleges.

“Some guys from ESPN want to do an article on him — How he’s the AJC Player of the Year, but has fallen through the cracks,” Devoursney said. “It’s just that many of these colleges find a quarterback early in the recruiting process. He was a late-bloomer that people just missed on.”

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37 comments
GTBoro
GTBoro

Makes sense. Coach Bohannon is a graduate of Griffin High. His dad, Lloyd Bohanon, was the coach and AD at Griffin for decades. This is probably a good move for Parks, as a Griffin player. Plus, he'll have the chance to be the first QB in the history of the KSU program. I wish him well.

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carol1jackson

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Georgeja
Georgeja

Turning down offer from Army & Air Force is BIG mistake.


Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

Doesn't say much for the AJC in picking their "Mr. Football" if the choice is not even recruited by D1 schools, or else it says something about the quality of players in the state of GA...

doktrt
doktrt

Waste of a great talent.

KSU07
KSU07

Welcome to KSU, Jaquez! Looking forward to seeing you play at Fifth-Third. Don't listen to all these comments... all of these fans would be praising your decision if you chose their school. 

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Should have looked harder at what Coach Huessman is doing up in Chattanooga w// UTC. They split the SO Con Championship and should have made the playoffs. Chattanooga is just up the road also. The Mocs are finally headed in the right direction under CH leadership.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

I would have strongly devise him to go the Service Academy route over Kennesaw State. 


Hi future would have been assured with a world class education. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

That youngster was fun to watch in the State Championship game, He must have a good mama he wants to stay close to. Good Luck young man and good luck to the hooters!

slydawg
slydawg

I agree that the 'academies' would have provided this young man a social network that is not matched by any other training facility in this country, save the Ivy League and Ivy League West, but it requires more of a commitment and sacrifice from the person; Something the majority of folks are not prepared to give, and only find out when it's too late and the paper is signed. In short: The military is going to give you all they got, but the individual has to be willing to give the same. If not, I'd rather you not join. Besides, KSU can provide a solid foundation and powerful network of friends that can turn into national prominence if worked the right way.

Steverino
Steverino

Its not everyday that a player has the opportunity to be the first QB in the history of a program. I can understand how that would be enticing. Congrats, young man!

GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

Maybe he felt he didn't want to go through the rigors of academies. In terms of priority - playing sports is a distant third to the military and academic aspects of these schools. Perhaps he felt - either he couldn't or didn't want - to hack the load. I fully agree that he would have gotten a much better education at either academy and then through his service. Maybe the adults advised him of this - but allowed him to decide where he'd like to go. Those of us who are Tech fans - like to use the same argument in order to entice the better athletes to our programs - and many of them like Jaquez - chose the option to play for a program where football is king (or has the chance to play early and often) - the academics are less demanding - and the post graduation rewards not as great.   


TampGator1
TampGator1

Not sure Kennesaw offers the same level of education as Air Force and Army.  Strange that he turned down such great opportunities as those two schools.....and the life he would have had after his service commitment.  Someone did not advice him well on his choice of schools...from my perspective. 

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

He has a real nice arm.  Surprised he didn't take advantage of the Army or Air Force offer.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Nice to see a kid doesn't have to be a perceived, big time, college prospect to be recognized as a player of the year.

Congrats kid. Good luck in college. Study hard.

RamboDawg
RamboDawg

Yikes, all those offers and he only goes 45 minutes from home, guess he thought he would get home sick.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Range rover, are you really the ksu lady with big, red glasses? Lol

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@Georgeja

Yeah right...turning down a commitment for long after his time on the field is over to be thrown into combat to fight a war NOBODY believes in outside of Washington.

Good luck to Jaquez...maybe he'll put KSU on the map.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@Surelyyoujest  Our high school writers pick this, and it's the state's best PLAYER, not PROSPECT. He was an excellent choice

RangeRover
RangeRover

@THEBuckeye  

As they say, ignorance is bliss.

But you can avoid illustrating this by taking the time to do a little research...there is a reason that for decades KSU has had the nickname of "Harvard in the Pines."

slydawg
slydawg

@GaTechOldTimer  Plain and Simple: A commitment to any military academy requires a lot more off the field than on it. It is NOT  a priority, as you stated before. Producing future military and government leaders is their priority, which is a very different mission and objective from any other university or college, which are predominantly liberal arts focused (i.e., well-rounded) in order to produce "productive" members of society. This kid just wants to play football, get his degree, and get the hell out of Griffin, GA. This is no diss of Griffin, btw. He made the right choice if he wasn't going to commit to anything other than that.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@GaTechOldTimer The academies require all of their students to participate in at least one sport no matter what. The academies have also lowered their standards a little bit also, for a good athlete. They figure that the publicity from a sports team and athlete's notoriety is worth it in some cases. It makes it easier to recruit folks to go to the academy.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@GaTechOldTimer  QB is the one position that Kennesaw State and Georgia State ought to be able to recruit against anybody at, including SEC/ACC schools

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@TampGator1  I would respectfully disagree with that. I don't know Jaquez's situation personally, but I do know that a lot of kids turn down Air Force and Army due to the 5-year military commitment afterwards. It's just not for everybody

jupiter9
jupiter9

@RamboDawg  45 minutes?  Maybe driving 100mph.  It's about 70 miles taking I-75 all the way or schlepping through all the red lights on 19/41 to 75.  In good flowing traffic, usually about 75 minutes.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@HotDawg  

Nope!  I attended an Ivy League school for my undergraduate.  Just correcting ignorance or misperceptions of a program in KSU that is academically and athletically rising faster than any other in the state.

TheHarbinger
TheHarbinger

@MichaelCarvell @Surelyyoujest  And yet, he's not even one of the top 200 prospects in the state.  I guess the AJC sees themselves as the Heisman Trophy of Georgia and Mr. Parks is our Eric Crouch.

HotDawg
HotDawg

This comment has nothing to do with the kid, cause I wish him much success.

However...."Harvard in the pines"? Really?? ROFL !!!

Keep telling yourself that dreamer.

K-State is an overblown commuter college for many kids still living in parents house, that couldn't go to school anywhere else.

Don't get ticked, I'm exaggerating a little bit. But so is Harvard in the pines....again ROFL.

Employers aren't thinking Harvard when they see K-State on the resume. Really.

"Oh my gosh, the kids from K-State, we have to hire him immediately!....That's like Harvard!!" I can't stop ROFL!!!!

GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

@slydawg @GaTechOldTimer  If you'll go back and read my blog statement again - I think you'll find that you stated the exact same thing as I did. Military and academics are the PRIORITIES at service academies - not sports. I agree with your post. The point of which is actually the same as mine - just stated differently.      

GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

@RedandBlackDAWG @GaTechOldTimer  Thanks for your information. I was not aware there were differences between the "athlete" and "regular" students at the academies in terms of the standard requirement. Nor was I aware of all students being required to participate in one sport.   

GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

@MichaelCarvell @GaTechOldTimer  Agreed. I don't think my blog held any reference to the fact that KSU or GSU or any program of their stature - had any less of an opportunity to land someone - QB or any other position - than the service academies or larger conference programs.     

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

@MichaelCarvell @TampGator1 The basis of his comment was Kennesaw cannot offer the same educational experience that the Air Force Academy or Army can.  Which is very, very, very true.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@MichaelCarvell @TampGator1The five year requirement can be waved in some instances, especially if you were a standout in sports after two years. The academies are rigorous though and not for everyone. The five year requirement can be waived as far as active duty goes, if you go into the reserves and it is approved. About the only guys that most likely would not get it at the Air Force Academy would be pilots, due to the investment in training time and money. Even then, there was a guy that used to play for Chicago I think, that was an A-10 pilot that was let out early from his obligation. No matter what though, I think you still have to serve two years of active duty time.

The academies would however offer something that he will not get with his choice and that is all of the leadership, management and guaranteed job once he graduates. The service isn't for everybody though. It sure didn't diminish the skills of Roger Staubach.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Large enrollment at K-State, because they'll admit anyone that applies....

Harvard in the pines....I 'll be laughing at that one every time I drive by on I-75. Hilarious.