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Germantown RB/DB William Parks issues oral declaration to Pittsburgh

Written by: on Sunday, June 19th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


For the second time this week, a Philadelphia Public League athlete has issued an oral declaration to a Division-1 football program.

William Parks, a 6’1, 175-pound running back/defensive back combination for Germantown High School, issued an oral declaration to Pittsburgh Saturday, according to national recruiting service  The Panthers were one of six total FBS or FCS programs to offer the Bears’ two-way player, including Buffalo, Connecticut, New Mexico, Stony Brook and Temple.  Scout also listed programs showing interest in Parks including Boston College, New Hampshire, Norfolk State, Penn State and Rhode Island.

Scout rated Parks as a two-star prospect at cornerback.  He joins Imhotep Charter WR/DB Shakur Nesmith as the only other Philadelphia Public League player to issue a pre-season college choice.

The featured back in a Bear rushing attack which averaged 119.8 yards per game in 2010, Parks ran for 657 yards on 143 carries and caught another nine passes for 138 yards, scoring five total touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving).  He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 15.3 yards per reception, posting a pair of 100-yard rushing performances and finishing as one of only two Bear receivers with more than 100 yards on the season.

Defensively, Parks added 45 tackles and three interceptions for a unit which allowed an average of 25.4 points per game.

Germantown High, a member of the Philadelphia Public League’s AAAA Gold division, finished 3-9 overall, winning two of its final four games after a 1-7 start to its season.

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