Jake Parker: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Jake Parker
School: Howard Payne University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
With a spring and fall season I set goals to become an All American in both seasons and also to win a conference championship. I accomplished my All American goals and became a 2 time All American for the spring and the fall. I fell short on my conference championship goal but I helped lead my team to a 7-3 record and the best season Howard Payne has had in 15 years.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I took advantage by just becoming a better football player and athlete with my extra year. I used the extra offseason to perfect my craft as a receiver but also to get bigger, stronger and faster to improve my chances to make the NFL. I would say I took advantage of the extra year and put myself in a position to pursue my dreams.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would tell you I’m a team player that works and plays harder than anyone they have ever seen. They would also say I’m the toughest player every time I step on the field and that I was a leader for our team. I’m here to win and that’s all that matters.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I spend a lot of time throughout the week studying my opponent. What I look for the most is the weaknesses of any guy that has a chance of guarding me throughout the game. I look at how he plays in certain coverages and certain steps the DB takes when I push vertical, run inside or outside. Every football player does certain things well but I focus on his weaknesses and try to exploit them and put defensive backs in uncomfortable situations.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My dedication and attention to small details separates me from other prospects and also just my love for the game. I will find a way to keep playing the game of football by any means. I will run across the middle with no fear and make contested catches which is another aspect that separates me from others.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I was already graduated from school before my fall season even ended so the day my season was over I came back to Tyler, Tx to train with APEC and have been doing so since the beginning of November all the way until my pro day in March.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I will bring toughness and grit to any team that gives me an opportunity. I will do whatever it takes to help my team get a win. Like I said earlier my dedication and hard work to the game of football would standout immediately and catch the eye of my teammates and coaches. I will also be a guy that always find a way to get open and will make big catches to keep a drive going on third down. Players make plays and that’s what I will bring to the table.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
Everything that I’ve said in this interview is a pitch to the NFL and other pro leagues but I would say if you give me a chance I promise you won’t be disappointed and I will do whatever it takes to be great. I truly am a “Diamond in the rough” waiting to be found.
2021 Spring/Fall Highlights (15 games) 91 Catches, 1,867 Yards and 21 TDs. Just want a chance. @NFL @CFL @XFL2023 @DraftDiamonds forever proud to be a yellow jacket and very grateful @HPUFootball gave me the chance to play again. It’s been fun. #stingem pic.twitter.com/hs2BoPVocl— JAKE PARKER (@jakecparker) November 15, 2021