Milton two-sport star Dai-Jon Parker contemplates growing options

Milton's Dai-Jon Parker has multiple scholarship options in both football and basketball. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Milton's Dai-Jon Parker has multiple scholarship options in both football and basketball. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

As a football prospect, Milton’s Dai-Jon Parker was one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets.

The emphasis there should be on the past tense word – was.

“I’ve got about 900 pieces of [recruiting] mail for him sitting on my desk right now,” Milton football coach Scott Walker said Friday.

Parker’s name has been floating around in basketball circles for a while. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard is rated a four-star prospect in hoops and just helped lead the Eagles to the Class AAAAA state championship. He led Milton with 19 points and six rebounds in the title game against Westlake.

But only recently has Parker emerged as a major football prospect. And that was his coach’s intention.

“To make a long story short, I haven’t said anything about him [as a football prospect] because I promised I wouldn’t until after basketball season,” said Walker, who just sent Parker’s football video out this week. “We didn’t want him to be distracted and bothered. We needed to sit down and talk about what he needed to do.

“He originally thought he wasn’t going to play football anymore. I met with him and his mother two nights ago and he’s decided he’s going to pursue both. He’s going to find out what his options are in both and make a decision at that point.”

Apparently there are going to be a lot of options for Parker:

  • He’ approaching double digits in basketball offers, including Georgia, Georgia Tech, UConn, Florida and Ohio State.
  • On Wednesday Duke offered Parker in both basketball and football.
  • Georgia has verbally offered him in football and he has written football offers from Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.

“Every option is on the table for him at this point,” Walker said.

Football, Walker thinks, might be Parker’s best option.

“One thing we kind of all agree on is he probably has a better chance to make money one day in football,” Walker said. “When you’re 6-3 and you’re a wide receiver you’re a little above the curve. When you’re 6-3 in basketball, there are a lot of those out there. That’s one of the things he’s thinking about.”

Parker’s football options are even more amazing considering his limited experience. Other than a brief stint as a defensive end when he was in ninth grade at Marietta High, Parker did not play football until he showed up at Milton’s practices the first day of school last August.

“He missed all of camp; missed all summer,” Walker said. “It took about a half hour to realize he was the best player on the field. In sports he’s just a freak.”

65 comments Add your comment

St Simons Daddy

March 19th, 2010
2:38 pm

He would look good in red & black on the gridiron.

thwgt!!!!!!!

huntergt13

March 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

GT

March 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

Who would want to play basketball for UGA? Football maybe, if he will get playing time, but basketball, I doubt.

RxDawg

March 19th, 2010
3:16 pm

I love stories like this where some guy just shows up on the practice field his senior year and just lays out everyone else. If your good, your just good.

RxDawg

March 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

GT you doubt he’d get playing time for the Dawgs in basketball? I guess your that impressed by our basketball program huh..

BigTimeTECHFan

March 19th, 2010
3:32 pm

play football at UGA then B-Ball at Tech, really would mess with the fans.

GT GRAD

March 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

Sounds like a future GT player (basketball team & football team) to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Johnson needs to go ahead and make the offer to him as a two sport player.

Burdell

March 19th, 2010
3:56 pm

Obviously RxDawg did not do well on his reading comprehension tests…

What GT is saying is that Parker probably wouldn’t get much playing time at UGA playing football.

Granted, GT’s thoughts were a bit disjointed!

vamosjackets

March 19th, 2010
4:00 pm

If GT gets a good WR, like Bay Bay Thomas, he will be dominant, have great stats, lots of deep highlight catches, learn and show off blocking skills, and get a great degree. Would love to see him on the basketball court also, but like the article states, if he’s got the WR skills, that has a better chance at being his ticket. Smart move by his coach to keep him quiet as long as possible. Good luck to him wherever he goes, even if its UGA. Would love to see you dominating on The Flats at GT, Dai-Jon! Go Jackets!

ChuyDawg

March 19th, 2010
4:04 pm

If this kid is smart and that good, he needs to look at a guy by the name of AJ Green. Green was highly recruited to play BBall but obviously decided to play FBall and that is where he is getting ready to get PAID. First round guaranteed money to be exact. Now, he needs to go where he feels comfortable. But if I were him, I’d take a visit up to Athens and have a talk with AJ. I’m just saying.

Joco Trojan

March 19th, 2010
4:13 pm

I wish the kid all the best in whatever he chooses. If he’s really serious about football and he’s going to play WR, I just don’t see why the kid would go to Tech. If you’re good, you’re good and scouts will hopefully see that if he wants to pursue it as a profession. It’s just that in CPJ’s system, you know he’s only going to throw the ball 25% of the time(and that’s being generous). Just my opinion, but I think that systems can often times hinder someone’s ability to really show their strengths. All the best to the kid.

Dan

March 19th, 2010
4:54 pm

Does RxDawg (witty name!) understand the difference between your and you’re? I hope he’s not my pharmacist…

quaildawg

March 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

The days they are a changing. Hard to believe my HS alma mater is producing D1 recruits on a regular basis. The best we had out of my class (78) was Memphis (State). I got Citadel (free grey suit), Austin Peay, Middle TN. Woo hoo!!!

b3rg

March 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

Chuy, he might have a better chance in football, but if he makes it is basketball, he will probably make more. The average salaries in the NBA are way higher than in the NFL. The average NFL salary is at or just below a million. Average NBA salary is around 5 million.

Alphare

March 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

Dai-Jon, since you are good with both BBall and FBall, you should go to Tech. Tech is the reigning ACC champ in FBall, and is playing in BBall tournament tonight. You cannot find another school that good not only in Georgia, but in the southeast.

BTW, Tech will have 4 FBall players NFL-drafted in round 1&2 this year. It’s hard to find another that can make claim as well.

Midland Dog

March 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

Tech posters- still pathetic. UGA beat you in basketball and football.

OC_Dawg

March 19th, 2010
6:14 pm

Why would anyone want to play WR for GT?

jadams

March 19th, 2010
6:43 pm

st simons daddy: you have got to be kidding me. You know this one will end up in gold. He fits in too perfect

jadams

March 19th, 2010
7:02 pm

oc dog; Maybe because you have the opportunity to be a first round draft pick. Just like calvin was and bebe has a chance to do you tard. Bebe is way better than Aj Green everybody knows that. he is bigger stronger and faster. Do you even watch football, did you see the numbers bebe put up? i bet not. Stephen hill is gonna do the same thing while your foot marinates in your mouth.

south

March 19th, 2010
7:44 pm

It’s great the kid has all these options open to him…obviously gifted. Would love to see him in red & black, but regardless, this is the kind of kid we need to keep at an in state school…even if it’s Tech…I wish him the best…

Sandysprongsjacket

March 19th, 2010
8:19 pm

Midland Dog,,
apparently our losses to you Huppers are meaningless, since they had no impact on our partaking in a BCS bowl and the big dance. Last i looked the UGAly was missinfg fromm FB, BB and BB polls. Dogs are irrenlevant in all 3 major mens sports sports, we can lose to you and we still maintain our national charma. By the wice baseball game too..

Sandyspringsjacket

March 19th, 2010
8:21 pm

OC-Dawg,
Ask Bay Bay, maybe to be 1st round pick you goober!

bitter tennersea fan

March 19th, 2010
8:30 pm

we all (hill folk) been watching from close range (peaking in his bed room winder) we liking him along side da’trick being 6′3 and all (cause da’trick may flunk out of high school, or be trown out), my sistar said when she went to sea him on her last follow up recruiting trip to cowhon ga last saturday, he bee fighting alot, them high school kids just beating his as–s everyday causin he signed with usinall in the big orange, well long story short, we need a back up plan cause dont look like much will be left of da’trick tghis fall, he now has a 500 $ bounty on him and the wont to kick my 7′ tall sistar too. DAMN GEOGA BOY’S. well we get thisin tooo. haha looser tech,bamma,dawg poo,gatards

bitter da'trick

March 19th, 2010
8:35 pm

stop talking**%%#$ if i flunk shcoool this yaer i will just get drafted by alabama next febuary, sh– im so good

OC_Dawg

March 19th, 2010
9:35 pm

jadams – Calvin was a WR during a different era of GT football…different coaches and most importantly different scheme you tard. And if I remember correctly he got shut down by UGA corners. In 2006 he had 2 receptions for 13 yards. In 2005 he had 2 receptions for 14 yards. In 2004 he had 5 receptions for 44 yards (not terrible but nowhere near stellar).
Yes, I do watch football, but GT football is so gawd-awful boring to watch I must’ve fallen asleep before the first pass play of the game even happened.
I’m guessing Bebe is Demaryius Thomas? He’s good, but he feasted on those “powerhouse” ACC defenses. He also finished 8th in the ACC with 52.2 ypg. That means that there were 7 more productive WR’s than him in your conference.

Sandysprings – He MAY be a 1st rounder? AJ Green is definately a 1st rounder, goober! Ask anyone in football. Not only will he be a first rounder. He’ll most likely be in the to 10.

Paul From Milton

March 19th, 2010
11:32 pm

Good luck where ever you go Dai-Jon. It’s a pleasure watching you play.

Dragon

March 19th, 2010
11:48 pm

yeah, u uGA fans, Demaryius Thomas really hurt his career playing at tech. When you are the only game in town, and the best receiver in college football, people find you. Even Josh Nesbitt. How many nightmares do Clumpson fans have of Bay-Bay stiff-arming their DBs for touchdowns – almost as many as Spiller shredded GT for this year.

Ex Milton Brah

March 20th, 2010
1:48 am

Dai-Jon will pick the school that’s best for his future, be it UGA, Texas, Tech, or OSU. As long as he doesn’t stumble over himself he has a bright future in athletics. Best of luck to him.

Identifying Florida graduates

March 20th, 2010
5:52 am

Do you know how to identify Gator graduates. You can see their class rings while they’re picking their noses. It’s great to be a Gator Hater. This is the year the gators go down. Go Dawgs!!!!!

Topp Dogg

March 20th, 2010
6:56 am

BeBe does impress all Dawg fans with those dropped passes, hes a diamond in the rough for sure.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 20th, 2010
7:09 am

Thanks, Paul from Milton,

I’d almost given up hope, then I read your one intelligent post amongst all this poorly typed nonsense.

Let the kid pick a school without begging him in the comments of the local paper. It’s unseemly for grown men to beg a 17 year old kid, You are grown men, aren’t you?

J dog

March 20th, 2010
8:51 am

If you want a possible future in the NFL young man, Check out this web site and see for yourself which schools put more players in the NFL.
http://espn.go.com/nfl/college

GO DAWGS!

J dog

March 20th, 2010
8:57 am

By the way, UGA is still #4 on the list for preparing and sending young men to the NFL even after willie’s debacle. Grantham should return UGA to the top of the list shortly.

Dap01

March 20th, 2010
10:20 am

Go to Tech, play in front of 45,000 fans each game. (watch for muggings)
Go to UGA, play in front of 93,000 fans each game.

Stay in Georgia, be a home state hero!

jb's house

March 20th, 2010
10:50 am

Boykin and AJ Green were both amazing basketball players in high school. 6′ 3” means a lot more in football than it does in basketball. UGA has 40 guys playing in the NFL, more than pretty much anybody else. UGA ranks tops in the top 25 academically in APR rating, and Richt is the 4th winningest active coach. Richt has also coached in 5 National Championships.

Alphare

March 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

4-star recruits in 2007 Potential round 1&2 NFL draftees
Tech 7 4 (60%)
UGA 12 0 (00%)

Alphare

March 20th, 2010
12:34 pm

————————-4-star recruits in 2007 ——————-Potential round 1&2 NFL draftees
Tech ————————7 —————————————–4 (60%)
UGA ————————12 —————————————-0 (00%)

San Francisco Dawg

March 20th, 2010
12:39 pm

This guy will never sign with Tech….Georgia Tech=No Passing game….he wants to be a receiver and until Johnson gets his head out of his arse with that high school offensive, no one with catching skills will want to play there…

SnowMan

March 20th, 2010
12:44 pm

This kid is extremely smart, and will not stumble over himself by any means. A tremendous talent, and a better kid. You would be hard pressed to find a kid with all his talents and yet be so humble. Whatever he chooses, he will excel because of his extreme work ethic. Good luck to this young man, where ever he ends up.

Alaphare is delusional

March 20th, 2010
1:53 pm

Bragging about losing the only 4 quality players on your weak ACC championship team is pathetic. Welcome back to the middle of the pack in 2010.

THWGT!!!!!!!!!

Stingem

March 20th, 2010
5:28 pm

why does all the uga fans think every player should come to UGA??? you guys have more talent than richt knows what to do with.WHY GO TO UGA AND SIT ON THE BENCH WHEN YOU CAN GO TO TECH AND START RIGHT AWAY BC OF THE LACK OF TALENT?

Stingem

March 20th, 2010
5:31 pm

how is it a high school offense?????????????????????????????????????????????? there are plenty of high school that run an i or the spread does that make the i or the spread an high school offense??????????????????????????? no it doesnt. you UGA fans are about at stupid as it gets

Alphare

March 20th, 2010
5:50 pm

—————4-star recruits in 2007 ———Potential round 1&2 NFL draftees
Tech ————7 ——————————–4 (60%)
UGA ————12 ——————————-0 (00%)

OC_Dawg

March 20th, 2010
6:38 pm

Alphare, do you mean 0 potential draftees for this year’s draft from the 2007 class? If so, there’s only one of those twelve who declared. Two of those twelve were JC transfers and are already in the NFL. One is no longer on the team due to medical reasons. One was released from scholarship, and the rest are still on the team. I’ll give you a C for the effort.

J dog

March 20th, 2010
6:51 pm

Alphare, youv’e posted basically the same thing 3 times. You can stop now.

actually

March 20th, 2010
8:42 pm

ACTUALLY–Dai-Jon played wide reciever for marietta as a 9th grader (1st half of season freshman-2nd half on the varsity) It was very obvious that he was special and marietta had big plans for him untill Boyd from Milton recruited him and 2 others away during summer AAU. Thats right Boyd stole 3 players from marietta and its inconcievable that the GHSA just let it happen. They were living minutes away from marietta high but going to milton and ELIGIBLE. Dai-Jon was just a pawn in the deal with the Lloyd boy(pnt guard)’s father. Great kid who has been on UGA’s radar since his 9th grade at marietta. Hopefully good things will happen for Dai-Jon and Boyd gets what he deserves too

[...] Milton two-sport star Dai-Jon Parker contemplates growing options … [...]

OC_Dawg

March 21st, 2010
7:15 am

Stingem, they’re calling it a high school offense because nobody outside of high school really uses it. Oh, and if you’re going to call people stupid you might want to make sure your sh** is straight (pssst, you forgot to capitalize the first word of your sentences). However, you did remember to capitalize UGA. Thanks!

Pi$$onaDawg

March 21st, 2010
7:47 am

Actually Thanks for the info. I wondered how Milton got so good so fast. I no there are not that many Black kids in the Milton area either. I wondered how the whole team was almost all good black kids. GHSA is a joke for sure, because here in Georgia we are all for the Kids getting a education not being on a Great Sports Team right!

In the Know

March 21st, 2010
9:21 am

Somebody needs to get to this kid… fast… because if he’s taking advice from Scott Walker he’s in for a heap of disappointment. Lets be clear….Walker has his own interests in mind.