Brooks Parsons Switches School Colors From Blue To Green
Magnolia Blue Eagles’ Brooks Parsons has decided he wanted to follow his dream and switch his Blue and Gold jersey to a Green and White one – from a Blue Eagle to a member of the Thundering Herd. He has decided to further his academic and athletic career at Marshall University after graduation.
Parsons, a 3.2 GPA student at Magnolia, is planning on majoring in Computer Science. His speed and his skill on the football field has given him a shot to join Marshall University Hall of Famer John “Fuzzy” Filliez in a Division I University football program as an invited walk-on.
“I’ve always wanted to play Division I football, and I had a couple chances to go to a Division II, but I just figured I would follow my dream and stay with it,” said Parsons.
Parsons’ skills as a receiver/running-back/quarterback/punter/ and defensive back opened some eyes in Huntington. Parsons is a do-it-all type of football player. He paced the Big Blue with 189 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns in his final game as a Blue Eagle in the 42-26 victory over Moorefield. He also grabbed one pass for five yards, that gave him 476 yards rushing and 839 yards receiving, with seven touchdown passes in his final season.
In his career, he caught 119 passes for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns. On the ground he finished with 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns, while returning 11 punts for 186 yards and one touchdown, that also included four special teams touchdowns.
He was also the team’s punter and defensive back, never coming off the field. In the last several games, he even played some quarterback as a thrower and running the Wildcat offense.
Parsons was a WVSSAC Class A All-State selection, earning a first-team berth as a wide receiver during his senior season and second-team accolades during his junior season.
“He has earned it,” said MHS Head Football Coach Dave “Doc” Chapman. “He was a four-year starter here, a two-time all-stater and a part of the 2015 state championship team. He was a big part of that.
“Marshall saw him in a football camp last summer, so they knew who he was. He is an invited walk-on, so he has a spot. He is going to show his worth, and I look for big things out of him.”
Brooks has done more in four years than most athletes will ever be a part of. In his freshman season, he started with a WSSAC Class-A football championship and went on from there, helping the Blue Eagles win a Class A title in basketball; and for good measure, he finished his first high school sports season by helping win a state championship in track.
He came back from a devastating muscle cramp in the 400 meter dash, where he was way in front with about 25 yards to go to place fourth, and gutted it out to help his 4×100 meter relay team place, as well as anchor the winning 4×400 meter relay team in the last race of the day.
Parsons noted of his future endeavors, “Coach Chapman has always been really good to me, and I had a great time here at Magnolia. Now I’m just looking forward to the future at Marshall.”