Daytona Beach Mainland quarterback Austin Parker (5-11, 194, Sr.) has moved back to Indiana becoming the second key rising senior from the Buccaneers football team to leave the state.
Offensive lineman Garrett Clark who has offers from Duke, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee and Northwestern announced late last month he will play his senior year at North Gwinnett High of Suwannee, Ga., due to his father's job change to Atlanta.
"Fort Wayne is my hometown. We were moving here just to be in Daytona and with Mainland," Parker said, "but we had some family issues and it's not going to work out."
Parker said it will be tough to leave Mainland behind and head off into an unknown senior-year destination.
"I like Mainland a lot. It was really good for me," said Parker, who attended Fort Wayne Northrup his first two years in high school football, "but right now I don't know what I'm going to do (as far as high school choice). It's my senior year and I just want to make sure I'm at the right place."
Parker has no official offers, but he has been in contact with Purdue, Ohio U and Colorado Sate. Purdue is only about two hours from Fort Wayne.
His departure leaves Warner Christian transfer Shelton Willis as the No. 1 quarterback on Mainland's depth chart. He was supposed to give Parker a run for the starting position.
"We're going to work hard to get Shelton ready," Mainland coach John Maronto said Thursday. "He's been in our school zone the whole time and our kids know him and have confidence in him."
Willis passed for 2,412 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore for Warner's Class 1B state runner-up team.
Sentinel recruiting coverage coordinator Chris Hays contributed to this report.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun