By Greg Riddle
The Dallas Morning News
Chris Parson had the chance to be the replacement for All-American quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson at Duncanville. Parson had the chance to be the starting quarterback for a nationally ranked team.
Instead, Parson will be playing for one of the Dallas area’s top Class 5A programs.
Two prominent Duncanville players — Baylor pledge Roderick Daniels and four-star offensive tackle Savion Byrd — said Thursday that Parson is transferring to Red Oak. He leaves a Duncanville team that is No. 8 in the MaxPreps preseason national rankings.
Parson, Duncanville coach Reginald Samples and new Red Oak coach Michael Quintero did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
As a freshman, Parson started for Duncanville in last season’s Class 6A Division I state championship game after Jackson suffered a torn ACL in the state semifinals. Parson ran for a touchdown and completed six of 10 passes for 100 yards in a 31-17 loss to nationally ranked Galena Park North Shore.
Parson has offers from Virginia Tech, Iowa, Kansas, Alcorn State, Illinois State and Jackson State. While backing up Jackson, a Texas signee, Parson completed 19 of 38 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for three touchdowns during Duncanville’s 15-1 season.
Duncanville returns four of the top 37 recruits in the Dallas area for the Class of 2021 -- Byrd, four-star linebacker Kendrick Blackshire, Daniels and three-star safety Jadarius Thursby (committed to SMU). Daniels was Duncanville’s leading receiver as a junior, finishing with 47 catches for 749 yards and seven touchdowns, but the Panthers will have to replace Jackson and star running back Trysten Smith.
Red Oak has a new head coach, as Quintero was promoted from assistant to replace Chris Ross, who left to go to Lovejoy. Red Oak was 11-2 and reached the Class 5A Division II Region II semifinals with an offense that averaged 53.4 points per game.
Red Oak quarterback Joshua Ervin was named the District 6-5A Division II offensive player of the year as a junior last season after throwing for 2,760 yards and 39 touchdowns. Three Red Oak players who will be seniors have committed to Power 5 schools — wide receiver Raymond Gay (Oklahoma State), three-star cornerback Darius Jackson (Missouri) and three-star linebacker Jackson Bailey (Arizona).