Posted: 7:03 am Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Cody Parkey is 2010’s sixth all-American 

By Jason Lieser

Jupiter kicker Cody Parkey accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game, making him the area’s sixth all-America selection from the upcoming senior class.


Parkey, who committed to Auburn during his junior season, will join wide receivers Chris Dunkley (Pahokee) and James Louis (Atlantic), and Treasure Coast linebacker Jeff Luc in Orlando on Jan. 2.

Parkey was all-state and second team all-area last season (he was behind Palm Beach Central star Patrick O’Donnell, who signed with Cincinnati). He could end up being the top-ranked player at his position nationally by the time the 2009 season begins.

Dwyer defensive standouts Matt Elam and Gerald Christian, both of whom are committed to Florida, will play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.

All six local players were picked in the early selection process, and more could be added. Possible candidates could include Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Shane McDermott (good story on him by Cristina Ledra in Saturday’s paper), Pahokee wide receiver De’Joshua Johnson and several others in what should be one of the area’s deepest senior classes in years, at least as far as recruiting is concerned. Recruiting status tends to be the driving force behind all-America selections.

Last year’s senior class had three all-Americans. Palm Beach Central linebacker Jon Bostic (now at Florida) and Cardinal Newman kicker Brendan Gibbons (Michigan signee) played in the Army game, while Tennessee-bound Nu’Keese Richardson, soon to be a Pahokee alum, suited up for Under Armour.