Penn State adds five-star Micah Parsons to 2018 class on signing day

Harrisburg's Micah Parsons outruns State College's Patrick Groves to the endzone during their week 8 high school football game. Sean Simmers

It was Parsons who offered one of two Signing Day surprises, as he picked the Lions over Oklahoma, Georgia, Nebraska and others during a morning ceremony before Nazareth receiver Jahan Dotson flipped from UCLA to sign with PSU early in the afternoon.

Parsons wasn't the only five-star player to sign on Wednesday as fellow five-stars Justin Shorter and Ricky Slade also made their college decisions official. He was linked to Ohio State, though a report surfaced on Tuesday that the Buckeyes self-reported a recruiting violation after Parsons took a picture with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and former Ohio State running back Eddie George on the set of ESPN's College Gameday earlier in the year.

As a result of the infractions, Ohio State declared him ineligible for an unknown amount of time and will no longer recruit him. He named his dog, Brutus, the name of Ohio State's mascot - but this week it became clear that Ohio State stopped pursuing him because of a self-reported recruiting violation.

Micah ParsonsFive-star 2018 weak-side defensive end Micah Parsons picked Penn State on Wednesday.

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, prospect was then linked to Alabama and eventually Ohio State, before abruptly seeing his recruitment end with the Buckeyes.

"I think overall we did a pretty good job of [filling needs]", Franklin said.

A few weeks later, Parsons had found his way back to Happy Valley for a Penn State game, where he got a hug from Franklin as the team was walking into the stadium. Like any other major program hosting a Top 10 showdown in primetime, the Buckeyes probably hosted a number of top level recruits that weekend.

The five-star defensive end won't start with his hand in the dirt.




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