TAMPA – Alvertus Parker’s first love growing up was football at the age of 5, but then he focused on basketball exclusively from 7th to 10th grade. Prior to his junior year, Parker sprouted five inches giving him the confidence to return to football.
The 6’0″, 160-pounder appeared in all 12 games last season learning behind 2016 graduate Pat Cooper and current starting cornerback/wide receiver De’Angelo Philyor. Parker says it helped him a ton to sit back and watch what they could do.
A senior, Parker says he found confidence this year in both the preseason game and in the Week 1 opening 51-21 win in Alabama against Bryant.
“The Alabama game I got in a lot and I made a couple of plays,” Parker told Prep Sports Scouting. “Before that, I had a tackle for a loss on a cornerback blitz against Venice in the preseason.”
Currently, in a rotation with Philyor and senior cornerback/wide receiver Juwan Burgess, Parker says going up against those two players in practice when they line up at receiver is very beneficial.
When it comes to doing flips much like Alonso running back Malik Johnson did last week, Parker thinks he could the same on a trampoline. As for his teammates Philyor and Burgess, he’s seen them do backflips in practice and believes they can do the same as his longtime friend Johnson.
In terms of Parker’s biggest strengths, he pointed to his length and ability to man coverage. He’s aiming to improve his overall speed throughout the season.
He has no offers yet, but two schools he thinks he’d be a perfect fit for are Florida Atlantic and West Florida.
Parker called 13th-year Plant head coach Robert Weiner a great guy. The highly successful coach Weiner has led the Panthers to four state championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011). Plant finished 9-3 last season falling in the 7A region semifinal to Lakeland.
He also credited defensive coordinator James Harrell, a former NFL linebacker from 1979-87 as a huge influence on his game.
Parker calls his mom his biggest role model in his life.
“She does everything by herself so it’s influenced me to help her out as I’ve gotten older.”
He plans to study communications with the goal of becoming a sports analyst. However, playing college football is the initial goal on his mind.
Parker may be an unknown to outsiders, but this kid can play. On a Plant team that is stacked year in and year out, he’s being used in an important role behind two-way starters Philyor and Burgess.
As long as he makes the most of each of his snaps and wins his one-on-one matchups more often than not, then he’ll turn some heads this season. Alvertus Parker knows football and I’m certain he’ll find a home at the next level.
Favorite players to watch – Browns CB Joe Haden
Playlist before games – Lil Herb, Lil Durk and Lil Wayne
Favorite movies – Step Brothers
Favorite TV shows – SportsCenter and NFL Network
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I’m really good at 2K. I beat everybody on our recent trip to Alabama. I use the Cavaliers or Clippers.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “GG”
Game film: Parker’s Hudl tape
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