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Long journey to FSU could have dream ending for Parchment

On Monday FSU announced that former Kansas wide receiver Andrew Parchment was officially a part of the Seminoles’ football program. On Thursday, Parchment met with the media for the first time since arriving in Tallahassee to speak about why he chose to finish his football career at FSU.

Parchment’s path to FSU has been fluid, to say the least. The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cypress Bay HS product originally signed with Northern Illinois out of high school (he was there for the 2016 and 2017 seasons). He then spent 2018 at Iowa Central Community College before signing with Kansas, where he played the last two seasons.

“My journey has not been easy at all,” said Parchment. “It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Some days, I felt like I wasn’t good enough. Some days, I felt like where I wasn’t being respected enough. You know what I mean? For me, just got to keep going, keep pushing. Just blessed and fortunate to have an extra senior year. Most guys don’t get that opportunity so I’m going on to use this to my best ability, try to win as many games as we can. And also try to put myself in the best position to get to the next level.”

After entering the transfer portal at the end of the 2020 season it didn’t take long for Parchment to end up on head coach Mike Norvell and wide receivers coach Ron Dugans’ radar.

“When I first entered the portal, I want to say within the first couple of couple hours, Coach Dugans and Coach Norvell gave me a call,” said Parchment of his FSU recruitment. “For me, it was crazy just because of school like Florida State had interested in me. And I was very excited to not only stay in a Power 5 conference but also come back to the state of Florida.”

And there was good reason for FSU to have strong interest in Parchment. Norvell and Dugans are in need of playmakers and consistency at the wide receiver position, and Parchment may give them one, if not, both of those things in the fall. In 2019 Parchment was named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year after catching 65 catches for 831 yards on seven touchdowns. His production fell off during the 2020 season where he caught just 24 passes for 197 yards in eight games for a Jayhawks football team that went winless in a nine-game season.

Parchment believes Norvell’s offense will be a big reason that his production in 2021 will be more reflective of his 2019 season than his numbers for a season ago.

“Coming out of Juco, I was a big Coach Norvell fan, of what he was doing it at Memphis,” said Parchment of his new head coach. “That was a school that I really wanted to get recruited by. Even though that didn’t happen, I always kept my eye out on what coach Norvell was doing over at Memphis because he’s a very highly touted offensive coordinator. So for me it was just having the abilities to go out there and make plays one on one and beat one-on-one matchups. I feel like that’s my game. Coach Norvell always says this is a playmaker offense and I feel like I’m a playmaker. So I’m excited to get to work.”

FSU’s chances of landing Parchment this past winter were greatly enhanced by the Seminoles’ signing of former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton via the transfer portal. And Parchment understands that his success and production on the field is directly related to whomever is playing quarterback.

“That was my biggest knock off from 2019 to 2020 was a quarterback,” said Parchment. “And also receiver is such a dependent position. You can be running wide open all day, it doesn’t matter unless the quarterback finds you. So for me the relationship that I have with McKenzie before this played a huge impact as well with Jordan Travis, I got a couple of friends that know him as well. I know that the quarterbacks are going to put me and also the rest of offense in a position to be successful.”

Now that he is in Tallahassee, Parchment says he can’t wait to put on his gold FSU helmet with the iconic spear on the side.

“Everything is beautiful,” said Parchment of the FSU campus and athletics facilities. “I feel like everything is top notch. Every single time I turn a corner I feel like I’m smiling, just can’t believe I’m here at Florida State. I just can’t wait to put the Seminole on my head with the helmet. So I’m just very excited just to get to work. Every day, it’s just like I’m living the dream.”