One of the top players in Oregon for the 2017 class is Parker Cardwell of La Salle High School. The 6-1 185 pound WR will be a NWOC Player of the Year candidate after blowing up this off season.
Cardwell earned a spot as part of the Team Oregon/EForce 7v7 group that traveled to Las Vegas, Oakland, and Seattle covering the last few months. His MVP performance at the “Passing Down 7v7 tournament” in the Bay Area, helped solidify him as one of the top wide outs in the Pacific Northwest.
His 5th place finish (107.13) at The NIke Opening in Seattle, among hundreds of competitors and D1 athletes, put the exclamation point on his Spring. Parker had gone somewhat under the radar, earning 2nd team all conference honors in 2015. That said as he recently came in ranked our Co-#2 WR for the state of Oregon, in the most recent positional rankings.
Parker brings a lot to the table separate from his athletic ability. He stands out academically and is currently being courted by a host of Ivy League universities. His recent trip to the east coast included visits to Yale, Harvard, and Columbia.
With all of this stated, he credits much of his success to the people in his life. Over the last few years Cardwell experienced some of the toughest challenges life has to offer. Speaking on this he says, “My dad past away months before entering into my freshman year and the only thing I had to go to was football… My team and coaches took me in and gave me that outlet, as It kept me out of dark places and taught me commitment, grit, and respect”. Adding, “This allowed me to take care of my brothers and my amazing mother. I play every game for my dad, to make him proud.”
Whatever Parker decides to pursue in life he is going to be successful. His 4.0 GPA at the private school this past semester speaks to his academic prowess. The Falcons should be in the mix for a playoff spot in 2016, as head coach Aaron Hazel has done a good job with his squad.
In closing Cardwell says, “My EForce Oregon Breed team have become like brothers to me in a short period of time.. Coach Brink and Depalo have been outstanding in helping me through the recruiting process and providing me with elite training.”
He added, “Overall I’m excited to continue playing football, as hard work and dedication can take you to big places and open up doors that nobody thought would be possible.”