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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