Tom Parish, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from Hartland (WI) Arrowhead, committed to Minnesota…
Wisconsin QB Tom Parish to Commit to Gophers
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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