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Wyandotte's William Parker Signs to Play Football at Ohio's Notre Dame

The Roosevelt standout said he wants to help the school build its relatively new football program.

William (Tony) Parker has signed to play football with Ohio’s Notre Dame College.

In the school’s announcement, Notre Dame called Parker a “rangy, all-around defense back with strong pursuit skills.”

As co-captain of the Bears this season, Parker had 71 tackles and one sack. He scored two touchdowns, helping the team to capture the and .

He was named the Bears’ defensive MVP in 2011.

The football program at Notre Dame launched in the fall of 2010 as the only collegiate scholarship football program in metropolitan Cleveland. It will be a Division II school in the fall when Parker joins, which is something he said he’s excited about.

“I chose Notre Dame College in Ohio because I am really interested in helping this program build as they start competing on the D2 level,” Parker said. “I feel I can bring my virtue and football smarts that I learned here and my hard work.”

The entire campus is appealing, he said.

“I liked the small campus style and everything is in walking distance,” Parker said. “I also liked that everything was up-to-date and not old, worn down buildings."

Notre Dame released player bios for all 52 of their new recruits on Wednesday. See the PDF tab above to check them out. Here is Parker’s:

WILLIAM PARKER (6-2, 215 | S | Wyandotte, Mich. –- Wyandotte Roosevelt HS)

A rangy all-around defensive back with strong pursuit skills … was a three-year letter winner for Head Coach Ron Adams and the Bears … tabbed as an All-Downriver League honoree in 2011 after a 71-tackle campaign … was the Bears’ Defensive MVP in 2011 … also ran track at Roosevelt … uncle (Jason Thomas) played football at Ferris State … son of William Parker and Geraldine Parker.

mel February 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Congrats, Tony...from your eighth grade English teacher! I knew back then that you'd go far, and you are well on your way!

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