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Pitt commit Henry Parrish Jr. runs for 324 yards, three TDs in 2019 debut

Henry Parrish Jr., a Pitt commit out of Columbus High School in Miami, put on a performance to remember in his senior-season debut against Belen Jesuit High School on Wednesday night, as he ran for 324 yards and three touchdowns, according to Walter Villa of the Miami Herald. In addition, one of Parrish’s explosive plays was captured on film and made it onto SportsCenter on ESPN.

Parrish set the tone early, as he ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on his first touch of the night. He would add another score from 76 yards out later on. But his third and shortest touchdown run, a 27-yarder, was arguably his best, as he bounced off of defender after defender and broke numerous tackles to find the end zone.

The 27-yard score would land Parrish at No. 2 on the SportsCenter Top 10 on Thursday morning, and his effort was not in vain, as Columbus routed Belen Jesuit 41-7. It should also be noted that Parrish’s performance came in a “rivalry” game, although Belen Jesuit has notably never won a game in the series.

What’s more, Parrish was efficient, as his 324 yards came on just 17 carries. That compared favorably to Belen Jesuit running back Don Chaney Jr., who also had 17 carries but ran for just 61 yards and one touchdown. Chaney is ranked as the No. 6 running back in the nation by 247Sports, which also considers him a four-star recruit. For comparison, Parrish is ranked as the No. 41 running back and has been assessed as a three-star prospect.

In 2018, The 5’9”, 175-pound running back ran for 1,878 yards in 14 games, averaging 10.4 yards per carry and 134.1 yards per game in a breakout season. Parrish now appears ready and able to build on his junior season and could see his stock rise if he continues to produce at such a prolific pace.