October 14, 2008

Orms enjoys weekend in Fort Collins

Wheat Ridge (CO) running back/defensive back Parker Orms has put up numbers previously only seen on Playstations and Tecmo Bowl screens previously. The 5'11, 180-pounder is averaging 18.1 yards per rush this season. That athleticism has led to scholarship offers and interest from several Division I football programs including Colorado State, UNLV and Wyoming.

This season Orms has led his team to a 6-0 mark in conference and a 7-0 record overall as well as a number six ranking in Class 4-A according to the Rocky Mountain News. This season Orms has been good for 1361 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 78 carries. Among his best performances was a 238-yard and four touchdowns against Wheat Ridge a couple weeks ago.

"We are playing really good," Orms said. "We have Heritage coming up. They are ranked number one in the state, so that will be our conference championship."

While he may be best known as a running back, he projects to play safety in college. This season he is averaging eight tackles per game and has two interceptions.

Currently, his scholarship offers are Wyoming, UNLV and Colorado State.

"CSU is close," Orms said when asked if CSU was offering a scholarship. "They want to see if I really want to go to their school or not. They said if I choose to go there, they would give me a scholarship."

Last weekend Orms joined a couple friends at Hughes Stadium to watch the Rams take on Texas Christian University and liked what he saw enough to consider scheduling an official visit to the school to get to know the coaches better.

"I just went up there for the game, but I got to stay in the dorms with my buddies too to see what that aspect was. I liked that a lot and that put them high on my list," Orms said.

In addition to CSU, UNLV and Wyoming, Orms said he is also hearing from New Mexico, Washington State and Iowa State. He said he will base his decision on where to attend college on his visits - how he feels around the coaching staff as well as the environment of the campus itself. Right now he doesn't have any visits planned, although he said he may go to UNLV this weekend and maybe Wyoming before the end of the year.

He handicapped the three schools who have shown the most interest in him saying, "Colorado State It is a Colorado school. I grew up watching the CU-CSU game all my life. I like the campus at CSU and I have friends up there that I like too. The coaches there are nice too."

"I really haven't gotten out to UNLV and I don't know much about them. The coaches have definitely shown the most interest and what to know how I am doing. That is huge for me," Orms added.

"At Wyoming, I like the way football is the main thing going on there," Orms continued. "Everyone goes there for the games. I heard you get treated like a celebrity if you are on the team."

Academically, Orms features a 3.3 GPA and a 19 on the ACT. His hard work also extends to the weight room, where he has posted max lifts of 250 in the bench press and 350 in the squat as well as a 4.5 40-yard dash.

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