Joseph Parker, a senior wide receiver at Cherry Creek, announced on Twitter late Sunday night that he has committed to Wyoming:
— Joe Parker4️⃣ (@Joe_Parker_3) September 15, 2014
He becomes the second member from the Class of 2015 to commit to Wyoming's football program, joining Gateway linebacker Kevin Prosser.
According to the Wyoming Star-Tribune, it was his friendship with former Grandview wideout Tanner Gentry, who is now starting for the Cowboys, that helped him commit.
"I told him I got offered, and he was saying, 'Commit! Commit! Commit! Commit! Commit!' He was just being Tanner," Parker told the paper. "But it'd be really cool to probably in the future play with Tanner."
He was also impressed by Wyoming's staff, led by new first-year Craig Bohl.
"When you look into their eyes and meet them, you can tell that they really care about you and they want you and they want you to succeed, and they know how to succeed ... The coaching staff was probably the biggest reason why I committed," he told the Star-Tribune.
Through Cherry Creek's first three games, Parker has a team-high nine receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. He also has one rush for 64 yards, and handles the team's punt returns (four for 79 yards).
Parker also runs track, and qualified for the 100-meter dash at last spring's Class 5A state meet.
He is the 12th member of the 2015 class to commit to a Division I (FBS) school. Last year's class produced 31 FBS players, and another 16 who signed with Division I (FCS) programs.