Parker and the Patriots won the Class AAAA state championship in 2009. Parker followed that up by leading Westside in scoring average as a sophomore and junior.
The senior said he also looked at Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern and Kentucky, where his older brother Chase is a member of the team.
Parker will join former Richmond Academy star William Sigg with the Blue Hose.
“I know a good bit of people up there,” Parker said. “I feel that’s where God wants me to be right now.”
TALK ABOUT BALANCE: By focusing on individual strengths – and blocking for the other two – Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Bridges, Austin Dressell and Nick Whitmer have all eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards.
The teammates have combined for 3,285 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns, helping the Jaguars advance to the GISA Class A state semifinals against Westwood.
Thomas Jefferson coach Chuck Wimberly described Dressell as the one who gets tough yards in the middle, Whitmer as the hard-nosed back who grind out yards and Bridges as a back who “can just fly.”
The big numbers don’t end there. Quarterback Chase Walden has thrown for 938 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The Jaguars (10-2) have scored at least 40 points in nine games this season heading into this week’s contest against the defending state champion.
With a win, Thomas Jefferson will advance to the championship game for the sixth time in seven seasons.
“It’s like they’re on a mission to get the job done again,” Wimberly said.
ANOTHER OPENING-ROUND WIN: With Lincoln County’s win against Commerce, the Red Devils moved to the second round of the playoffs again.
Starting with the 1997 season, the Red Devils have won at least one playoff game every year.
If Lincoln County is to advance to the quarterfinals, it must defeat Clinch County. The two teams most recently met in the 2006 state final.
BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
Jefferson County at Buford
The Warriors visit the four-time defending state champions.
Williston-Elko at Christ Church
The Blue Devils took this matchup in the 2010 playoffs, 27-21.
Aquinas at Wilcox County
After winning a state playoff game for the first time, the Fighting Irish go for another.
Laney at Carver (Columbus)
The Wildcats are in the second round for the first time since 2006.
South Florence at North Augusta
North Augusta is a combined 34-5 the past three seasons.