California Quarterback Becomes Latest Bulldog Football Signee

The Ferris State University football program has further bolstered its 2008 recruiting class with the signing of junior college quarterback Kyle Parrish (Garden Grove, Calif./Santiago), who spent the last two seasons at Compton Junior College in Southern California. The announcement was made today (April 2) by FSU head football coach Jeff Pierce.

Kyle Parrish
Kyle Parrish
Ferris State has added junior college transfer quarterback Kyle Parrish (shown above) to its 2008 recruiting class (Courtesy Photos)
Parrish's signing brings Ferris State's 2008 recruiting group to a total of 24 student-athletes with all but six hailing from Michigan. He's also the second junior college prospect to join the Bulldog program following last week's committment from Southwestern (Calif.) College defensive tackle Ryan King (El Cajon, Calif./Valley).

"We're excited to bring in another person to compete at the quarterback position" said Pierce. "Based on the type of offense we run, we need more than one guy to be effective at the position and we think Kyle can come in and be competitive for us in our program."

The 6-1, 190-pound Parrish will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after two years at Compton Junior College, which is part of the El Camino College system located in Compton, Calif. This past season (2007), he threw for 1,066 yards while completing 108 of 182 passes (59.3%) with six touchdowns as the Tartars finished 1-9 overall. He ranked fifth in the Western State Conference (WSC) in passing completions along with 14th in total offense as he posted 1,149 total yards on 237 plays. Parrish helped direct the Compton offense to a sixth-place league finish in total offensive production for the 2007 season as the squad averaged 377.7 yards per game. The total included a league second-best 254.3 yards passing per contest.

As a collegiate freshman in 2006, Parrish threw for nearly 1,500 yards and seven touchdowns as head coach Angelo Jackson's squad posted a 6-4 overall record and averaged 217 offensive yards per contest. Compton placed tied for second in the WSC South Division in '06 with a 5-2 league slate, including a five-game winning streak to end the campaign.

"I'm excited to join the Ferris program because they have a great winning tradition and that's something I'd like to help keep going," Parrish said. "I know it's going to be a lot colder than in California, but I'm ready to make the adjustment and am excited about coming to Ferris."

Parrish put together one of his better individual performances to open the 2007 season as he completed 21 of 31 passes for 210 yards and three scores to earn WSC Offensive Player of the Week laurels following a season-opening 63-36 home loss to Cerritos (Calif.) Junior College on Compton's home field at Cabrillo High School. The two-time league honorable mention selection also claimed WSC Player of the Week recognition in 2006 after throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-25 passing in a 38-21 win over Ventura (Calif.).

JCfootball.com, an online publication covering football at the junior college level, had Parrish pegged as a top potential collegiate quarterback prospect in its Class of 2008 rankings. Compton entered the 2007 season by receiving Preseason Southern California Special Mention Recognition in the 2007 California Community College Football Coaches Association/Junior College Athletic Bureau Football Rankings.

Parrish, who plans to major in business education at Ferris State, was a all-league first team selection on the prep level in Orange County for the Santiago High School Cavaliers in Garden Grove, Calif.

Prior to the junior college additions of Parrish and King, Ferris State previously signed a total of 22 prep student-athletes in February. The group included 18 signees from the state of Michigan along with three from Illinois and one from Indiana. In addition to Parrish, the Bulldogs have added two other quarterbacks from the prep level in Robert Banaszak (Rockford) and David Freeman (Westland/Wayne Memorial) to compete at the signal caller position as FSU attempts to fill the shoes left by the graduation loss of departed starting quarterback C.J. Van Wieren.

The Bulldogs, who are currently midst spring drills, will officially kickoff their 100th season of varsity competition and the 2008 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 2:30 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Tiffin, Ohio.

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