Parker Mays Looks to Follow His Dad and Brother

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Washington has produced some great football players and two of them are named Mays. Stafford played at Lincoln High School in Tacoma and went on to play for the U of W, the Cardinals, and the Vikings. His oldest son Taylor Mays became a household name around the country as a stand out player at USC (3 time All American) and now as a starting safety for the 49er’s. Now there is a third Mays rising the ranks of the football ladder and he is headed for a break out 2011.

Senior to be Parker Mays is making his own way and trying to earn the respect those who can help him succeed. While the family name is nice Parker knows only he can make it happen and is looking at all his options.

He attends Seattle Prep where he plans to play at 6’2″ and 200 pounds this season. He is a bit of a late bloomer but has many of the same skills that his father and brother do.

“I am just completing Track and have really enjoyed this process. I just got a PR in the 100M and that was a 10.96 and a PR in the 200 Meter and that was 22.18,” said the speedy athlete.

These are not only his best times but among the best in the State this year. He is one of the bigger athletes running and that sort of speed unleashed on the football field bodes well for him.

“This is my first year of Track and I love it. It makes me wish I would have started sooner in the sport but this is helping me a lot athletically,” he said. “It is really great.”

Mays had played football and basketball in addition to Track but admits that football is where his passion and best skills are.

He wants to be a big time safety like his brother and admits to seeing some similarities. He also may end up at the WR spot.

“I am about a year behind my brother in terms of where I am know compared to where he was when he was my age. I guess you could say I am a bit of a late bloomer,” he stated.

That should peak the attention of recruiters because he is in fact a young kid for his grade level and if he grows and develops late and becomes anywhere close to as skilled as his brother he will be very special.

But does he try and emulate big brother?


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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with as the editor of OregonPreps and Dirk is the founder of NWPR &; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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