KATHLEEN -- Corey Parks plans to open his own vegan restaurant some day. It might be a longs hot but don’t count him out. Parks knows all about building something from the ground up.
A senior at Veterans, Parks played football for the fledgling Warhawks program that first began in 2010. On National Signing Day on Wednesday, Parks became the first Veterans football player to accept a football scholarship with a college program. The school is Point University in East Point, an NAIA program that will compete in its first varsity season this fall.
“You can’t be scared to do anything new. You just have to try your hardest,” Parks said. “At the end of the day, you don’t want to have that doubt. You don’t want to say, ‘Why didn’t I try that?’ ”
A defensive back, Parks came of age during his senior season. Defensive coordinator Scott Lamb said Parks made the most of his best attribute: speed. Parks is a sprinter for the Veterans track and field team. Lamb said Parks’ experience with a new Veterans program will pay dividends at Point, as well.
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“It’s a learning process when you bring people from different backgrounds together,” Lamb said. “(Parks) has been through it before so he might have a little advantage. We have a little Warhawk pride now. Hopefully (Point) will get to that point as they go through this first year.”
Parks plans to study business administration with an eye to opening his own restaurant. He said he is thrilled to be the first Veterans football player to sign a national letter-of-intent.
“I’m really proud of that,” he said. “Really.”