Wisconsin QB Tom Parish to Commit to Gophers

Wisconsin QB Tom Parish Commits to Minnesota

Tom Parish, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from Hartland (WI) Arrowhead, is expected to commit to Minnesota Saturday at an 8:30 meeting with head coach Tim Brewster, according to his father Steve. Parish recently received a scholarship offer from Minnesota. Parish helped lead the Warhawks to a 13-1 mark, losing to Mequon Homestead 13-11 in the Wisconsin Division One State Championship title.

Tom Parish was named All-Honorable Mention Classic Eight Conference as he helped Arrowhead reach their third straight title game. Ironically, they faced Homestead in all three of the title games, winning the title in 2007 and losing in 2006 and last year.

Parish would be the fifth player to commit to Minnesota and the second from the Badger State. He joins Lamonte Edwards from Woodbury, Jimmy Gjere of Irondale, Antoine Lewis from Proviso East and Konrad Zagzebski of D.C. Everest.

Arrowhead traditionally has one of the state's top rushing attacks. However, that has not stopped Arrowhead coach Tom Taraska from praising his signal-caller's abilities. Taraska previously coached Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan and recently compared the two to the Wisconsin State Journal.

"He's every bit as talented as Donovan," Taraska said. "A little taller, a little bigger, but a great athlete. He probably had as good a junior year as any kid we've ever had."

Parish also received recent scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Iowa and Western Michigan. He also received recruiting interest from Stanford, Harvard and UW-Whitewater.

Parish completed 47 of 82 passing attempts for 723 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008. He rushed 77 times for 422 yards and six scores.

Parish comes from a football family as both his father and grandfather are former Division I quarterbacks.

Minnesota has former Arrowhead player Jake Ferris, a recruited walk-on, on the roster, and Joey Balthazor, another recruited walk-on, will join the team this summer.

Parish has plenty of ties to Minnesota and recruiting coordinator Dan Berezowitz. His father, Steve, was coached by Dan's father (Bob Berezowitz), who went on to coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Tom plays basketball for Steve Berezowitz, Bob's other son. Long-time Arrowhead coach Tom Taraska was recommended for the position by Bob Berezowitz.

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