Parker Martin

Fairview's Parker Martin is pictured.

Parker Martin turned a lot of heads last season.

Apparently — and unsurprisingly — not just in Cullman County, either.

The Fairview junior quarterback recently secured an invitation to participate in a national competition called "The Duel," a three-day event presented by the QB Collective Academy.

The premier quarterback competition is scheduled for July 17-19 in Atlanta.

Rising youth, junior high and high school signal-callers from around the country (grades 5-11) were eligible. Martin received his invite following his performance at an event earlier this year in Nashville.

This event features both an intense development phase and a skills competition, according to the QB Collective Academy website.

"I’m super excited to be able to compete against top-level quarterbacks," Martin said. "It’ll be a good experience. It’ll be good for me. It’ll help me get better as a quarterback."

Martin was a force to be reckoned with as a sophomore.

The Times’ 2019 All-Area Player of the Year completed 122 of 197 passes for 1,435 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions, racked up 565 yards and two touchdowns on 101 carries, and compiled 92 tackles, 11 pass breakups, five interceptions, five fumble recoveries and four tackles for loss on defense.

Those contributions helped him collect a ton of postseason accolades, including All-State (Class 4A first-team defensive back), All-County (Defensive MVP) and All-Region 7 (Defensive Player of the Year) honors.

Fairview coach George Redding thinks Martin was a deserving selection for "The Duel."

"I think it’s an outstanding opportunity for him on a personal level, and also for our school and being able to represent us," he said. "It’s a great way for him to showcase his skills, but also learn and get better."

Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 236 or at​

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