Howard Payne receiver Jake Parker took the long road to becoming a Yellowjacket

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When Jake Parker lined up along side Dylan Cantrell, with Patrick Mahomes as quarterback, it was hard to find a better show in East Texas, than the Whitehouse Wildcats.

Parker said, “I mean it’s pretty cool to look back, there have been some good teams to come after us, and before, but we really put a mark on Whitehouse and made it fun to come watch those games.”

Parker graduated from Whitehouse in 2014, and spent time playing at Tyler Junior College and Texas Tech, before deciding to work in the oil field.

Right before the 2019 football season, Parker got the itch to play again, so he reached out to former Bishop Gorman head coach, Coby Gipson, who, at the time, was working for Howard Payne University.

“I gave him a call and asked him, do ya’ll have a spot for me or can ya’ll give me an opportunity and he said yeah sure, just come up for a visit next week, so I came up there and then just went from there.”

Coby Gipson added, “He had some juice left. He had some competitive spirit about him and anybody who knows Jake Parker knows he’s one of the biggest competitors that’s ever come through East Texas.”

Parker hadn’t played in two and a half years, and now had two weeks to get ready for a full season.

After his performance in 2019 as a Jacket, he has the opportunity to be a starting receiver in 2020.

“Being away from the game for a while makes you really respect it that much more coming back to it, and I was just lucky to get to strap on the pads another season.”

“I expect him to be an all american this year, at Howard Payne, and represent that program and more importantly get his college degree so really proud of Jake Parker and really proud of the decisions he’s made and he’ll have a story to tell for many years to come that will impact a new generation.”

The next chapter of his story will start in Brownwood in the fall.

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