A couple of things will not change for Baldwin High School senior Kesean Parks when he makes the leap to becoming a collegiate student-athlete.
Parks will remain in Milledgeville where he’ll get to keep right on donning his Braves red and black as he signed Wednesday to join the Georgia Military College junior college football program.
The 6-foot-1 wide receiver was recruited by GMC interim coach Rob Manchester, who is now leading the team after former head Bert Williams retired in the fall.
Asked what made him choose GMC, Parks said, “One reason is GMC is right here in my city, and I have a good relationship with Coach Manchester. I think it’s where I’ll be most comfortable. It’s a blessing. Not everybody is able to play on the next level.”
Parks was part of a very dangerous and deep receiving corps for Baldwin this past season. His 213 yards in the shortened-slate of games were third on the team and his 13 receptions tied him for second. He reached the end zone once in the Braves’ opening game against region opponent Westside. Parks’ best performance came in the 35-0 victory over Spalding where he finished with 108 yards on five catches.
The wide receiver’s path to the next level has not always been clear. He had thoughts of quitting the game as a freshman and a sophomore, but stuck it out. A big obstacle came as Parks was prepping for his junior season, which is often the most important year for hopeful college recruits. A back injury suffered in the spring kept him off the field until he reached the 12th grade.
“One thing I’m really proud of him for is his perseverance,” Baldwin head football coach Jesse Hicks said. “He was injured last year and didn’t get to finish the year. Now he’s at the point where he’s in front of his classmates, his teammates, his family and his community. This is something to really, really celebrate.”
Now that he has his opportunity, Parks has aspirations of following in the footsteps of many GMC JUCO players to come before him as he will look to use the successful two-year program as a stepping stone to a four-year college or university.