Parnell's visit solidifies commitment

Parnell's visit solidifies commitment

Three-star Winnsboro, SC., defensive back Devontre Parnell made an official visit to Louisville, his future school, last week. Parnell, who committed to the Cardinals last summer, told InsideTheVille.com his visit strengthened his decision to play for Charlie Strong.

Three-star Winnsboro, SC., defensive back Devontre Parnell made an official visit to Louisville, his future school, last week. Parnell, who committed to the Cardinals last summer, told InsideTheVille.com his visit strengthened his decision to play for Charlie Strong.

"This is the place I want to be," Parnell said. "The visit made my commitment very much stronger. I'm not looking at other schools. I'm still focused on Louisville right now."

Parnell attended Louisville's win over Syracuse on Saturday at PJCS, and met several of his future teammates, including 2012 commitments Kevin Houchins and Joe Manley.

"Everything went well, and I expected it would," Parnell said. "The win stood out the most to me and how the players welcomed me to the Louisville program. It was like a family there. The stadium was nice, they have good facilities and I had a chance to talk to the academic people. There was a lot of things I was very impressed with."

Sophomore running back Zed Evans was Parnell's official host during his visit.

"He's a fun person like I am," Parnell said. "He introduced me to all the players. He's going to be there when I get there and I really consider him as a friend. He was a good host. When I go to Louisville he's going to help me get around."

Parnell also enjoyed meeting other members of Strong's 2012 recruiting class.

"The other cornerback that committed with me, Kevin Houchins, we've been very cool," Parnell said. "He's going through the same thing I'm going through (knee) and I gave him some info to help him so we can go in and play. I got a chance to meet Joe Manley, too. It was good meeting them and knowing the people you're going to be with at (Louisville) in the future. I'm very excited about the players coming in."

An explosive playmaker in the defensive backfield, Parnell thinks he can make an impact right away at Louisville.

"I can make their defense better because they do a lot of blitzing and get to the quarterback a lot and they need some corners who can play man to man, bump and run and lock receivers down," said Parnell, who runs a 4.4 forty. "That's why they recruited me. They just need some more explosive players on defense. Coach told me they don't have many interceptions on defense this year and they need somebody that can help get some."

Parnell had knee surgery in July and says he's making a strong comeback.

"It's been three months and a week since I had surgery and I'm at like 77 percent, which is good for three months. My progress is my knee is healing very fast," Parnell said. "Right now I'm running, but doctors want me to take it slow and let it heal properly. I can't do any cutting right now. I'm not rushing it. I'm supposed to be cleared by early January to run, cut and do a lot of activities. In late November I can start lifting weights on it. So no problems with the knee."

Parnell might visit Illinois and NC State. He may also return to Louisville for another visit before signing day.

"It doesn't mean it's going to change my decision," said Parnell.

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