Dwayne Parchment's weekend got off to a good start as the junior from Henry J. Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif., received his first scholarship offer on Friday. It came over the phone by way of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre.
"It felt good, it was unreal at first. My heart dropped it was so good. I'm excited," Parchment said of his conversation with CU's head coach.
"He was just explaining what he likes about me, he was explaining the campus and how they're going to get a new facility for football. He said he likes that I'm athletic and I can play both sides of the ball."
Parchment said the Buffaloes haven't been recruiting him long, but they like what they've seen. He's a 5-foot-11, 185-pound, two-way player who offers versatility to college programs.
"I'm going to say about three days," Parchment said when asked how long CU has been in contact. "My coach told me about it two days ago, they said he called. ... [MacIntyre] sounds like a good dude, he sounded fired up."
The Buffs are looking at Parchment as an athlete after a junior year where he carried the ball 69 times for 475 yards and four touchdowns, according to Maxpreps. He added 42 total tackles and three interceptions on defense playing cornerback and safety for the Cats.
"[MacIntyre] said he likes that I can play fast, he said he can see me around the field at any position," Parchment said. "He asked me what position I like and I said I'm an athlete, wherever you need me I'm there."
Parchment is open to any position at the college level and will consider any school. Not surprising for a SoCal guy, he said he grew up being a fan of the Southern California Trojans."I like running back a lot, but I like DB [defensive back] too. I'm probably going to go for DB in college," Parchment said. "I like hitting. I'm physical and fast on the ball; I react fast to the ball. It's more of a challenge, but challenges are always better, you become a better player because it's the only position on the field that starts going backward."
So far in his recruiting process Parchment has heard from Pittsburgh, Temple, Old Dominion and he said Georgia invited him to a camp. He's looking to have a strong senior season for Kaiser. The Cats went 10-3 last year and lost in the semifinals of the state playoffs.
"Not bailing out so much for a receiver," Parchment said of his goals for the coming campaign. "Be patient and just run the route for them so it'll be easier to stop them. On offense, just trying to get over a 1,000 yards."
Playing both ways, cardio is important for the 2015 prospect who is a sprinter on Kaiser's track team.
"My dad trains me. I run like two miles before I go to school, I run a lot with my dad. He's a track dude," he said.
Parchment holds a 3.8 grade point average and hopes to some day work for the FBI. He said he would "definitely go out of state" to play college football.
Taking part in recent Rivals and Nike Football Training camps have helped the Inland Empire product get his name out there. Parchment said he wasn't familiar with Colorado's program, but he hopes to learn more and might try to work in an unofficial visit in the near future.
"I don't really know that much, I'm going to have to look into it. I've been to Denver," he said. "My dad, he's a truck driver, so he always drives up there. If he ends up going up there, I'm probably going to go too and take a visit."