ST. LOUIS — One of the St. Louis area’s most underrated quarterback prospects, senior Parker Powell has put together a big season, helping lead the Lindbergh Flyers to a 10-1 record and a Class 6 quarterfinal berth where they will face Eureka this Friday.
At 6’6, 193-pounds Powell has rare size for a high school QB and combines it with a strong, powerful arm. He has thrown for more than 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns and is among the St. Louis area’s leaders in both categories.
“I remain calm and try to make calls on the field that will help us get the most out of every play,” Powell says. “I am not a runner, but what I lack in running ability, I make up for with my throwing.
“This season has been a huge step up from last year. The seniors really took to leading the team and by doing that we have changed the atmosphere in practice and also in our games. This has allowed us to perform at the best of our ability during games … I performed well after gaining experience my junior year. This has allowed me to be confident and to remain calm on the field.”
Also a volleyball standout, Powell spent the summer competing in the sport instead of attending camps and combines and has only seen his recruiting begin to heat up. He has taken game day visits to both SIU Carbondale and Drake and this past weekend, Powell was extended an offer by the Missouri State Bears to be a preferred walk-on at the school.
Powell says Hazelwood Central 2018 safety Dallas Craddieth is the best player he has faced this season.
“He was the best secondary player that I have played against so far,” Powell said. “He was able to jump routes very well and cover our best players. He was very effective against us.”
Powell began playing in sixth grade, starting in the Junior Flyers middle school program and has played all the way through his senior year.
A fan of NFL star QB Tom Brady, Powell says he sees some of himself in the Patriots future Hall of Fame.
“He wasn’t the most athletic player and was sometimes overlooked,” Powell said. “However, he was able to make the most of every opportunity he was presented with. He is always staying positive on the field and he always makes sure his team is as locked into the game as he is.”