Adam Parker is a class of 2023 Quarterback from St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Parker racked up nearly 1600 yards and 16 touchdowns on 7 starts in his sophomore season, and that stat sheet doesn’t even begin to tell the story. Standing 5’10” and 175, his frame allows him to be incredibly mobile in the pocket, often extending plays when protection breaks down and displaying great accuracy while throwing on the run. His strong arm and mobility allow him to set his receivers up to succeed, placing the football where only his guys can make a play on the ball. His ability to feel the pocket was displayed all season, and lead to him being a 1st team All-District QB and Natchitoches Parish Offensive MVP, all while keeping up a 4.0 GPA.
How long have you been playing football?
Adam: I started playing tackle football in 2nd grade, but football has been in my family forever. My uncle, Corwyn Aldredge, played in NFL, and my father, brother, and cousins all played football.
Will you talk about the leadership aspect that comes with being a quarterback?
A: Being at a small school with only 25 kids on the roster, when I stepped in as starting Quarterback, it took a toll on me. Everyone was looking at me to lead, but I realized as time went on that it was just very strong support from these guys. I’m really excited to have a whole offseason as the starting quarterback, as it gives me the opportunity to set an example for the other guys. Now I have little kids looking at me the way I looked at the starting quarterback when I was there age, and it is very important to me to set an example for them as well.
How would your teammates describe you?
A: I think they would consider me a leader. They would say I’m hard-working and I persevere, and that I set a good example. One of our guys got hurt the other guy, from messing around, and I was there to help him, but he said to me that he knew I would never put the team at risk like he did by making a decision that is hurting the team now.
What would you say is your biggest strength as a quarterback?
A: I’m a very good improvisor, keeping the play alive is my greatest strength.
What do you need to improve on the most to make sure you’re successful at the next level?
A: I need to work on my arm strength and mechanics. I often rely on my ability and not my technique during the game, and I need to make sure I keep that technique in place. I also need to trust my first reads a little more, and not second guess myself.
Who would you compare yourself to, in college or the NFL?
A: Honestly, Johnny Manziel when he was with Texas A&M, without the character concerns, of course. I also see a lot of Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray in my game.
What is your goal for this season with St. Mary’s?
A: My goal is to make a playoff run. I want to restore the program back to its glory days, we had some rough seasons recently, but I want to be back-to-back district champs, and make it to state. State is always the goal.
Finally, why are you the guy that these schools should sign to be their quarterback of the future?
A: I’ll be the hardest worker. I outwork everyone and I’m able to push everyone else by pushing myself. I’m good at learning on the fly and very good at improvising. My competitive spirit is also a reason, I have a drive that’s unmatched by anyone and I can help these schools by doing the best work I can in every aspect of the game.
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