LARAMIE, Wyo. - Joseph Parker, who helped lead Cherry Creek High School to the Colorado 5A State Football Championship this past fall, signed with the University of Wyoming football program on Friday. Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl announced the signing of Parker to a scholarship offer. Parker will graduate early from Cherry Creek High and will join the Cowboy Football program for the 2015 spring semester.
Joseph Parker is a 5-9, 180-pound wide receiver from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Parker is a three-star rated recruit by Rivals.com and has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.
He was named Second Team All-State Class 5A as a senior as presented by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANow.com), ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com. The team was selected by Colorado high school coaches. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado.
"Joe (Parker) is one of more dynamic players in the greater Denver area," said Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl. "We feel like he is going to make an immediate impact with our receiving corps. He is electric. He does great things with the football, and he is a tremendous competitor."
Parker led Cherry Creek in receptions (45), receiving yards (715) and touchdown receptions (5) in 2014. He also had eight rushing attempts for 140 yards, and returned punts.
In the 2014 Class 5A State Championship Game, Parker made two critical plays as Cherry Creek captured a 25-24 victory over defending state champion Valor Christian. With his Cherry Creek Bruins trailing 17-10, Parker caught a 53-yard pass that put the Bruins on the six-yard line and led to a game-tying touchdown two plays later. After his Cherry Creek team fell behind by a score of 24-17, Parker again made a key play rushing 29 yards on a reverse to set up the Bruins inside Valor Christian's 30-yard line. Cherry Creek went on to score a touchdown and successfully converted a two-point conversion to win the state title 25-24.
In addition to football, Parker ran track and qualified for the 2014 5A State Championships in the 100-meter dash.
Parker played for head coach Dave Logan at Cherry Creek High School. Former Wyoming Cowboy linebacker Guy Tuell also serves as an assistant coach at Cherry Creek High.
Parker was also recruited by and was offered a scholarship by Colorado State.
He is the first student-athlete to officially sign a scholarship offer with the Cowboys for this recruiting season. The signing period for mid-year signees opened on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, and will run through Jan. 15, 2015.