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Micah Parsons Transfers From Central Dauphin To Harrisburg
In one of the all-around more unfortunate situations, Penn State five-star commit Micah Parsons has transferred to Harrisburg from Central Dauphin following a suspension for “inciting a riot”, according to this PennLive article.
While his father denies that Parsons started a riot, there was obviously some kind of situation that unfolded, apparently stemming from this photo with a racial slur that was posted on Instagram by Central Dauphin students.
From a strictly recruiting standpoint, the move to Harrisburg shouldn’t affect Parsons’ commitment to the Nittany Lions. Current Penn State commit Damion Barber plays at Harrisburg, and it sounds like the Harrisburg coaching staff has a good relationship with James Franklin.
DT Tommy Christ (No Relation To Jesus) Lands Penn State Offer
The Nittany Lions are still without a defensive tackle commitment in this cycle, but have put their hat in the race for current Virginia commit Tommy Christ.
Blessed to have received an offer from Penn State University pic.twitter.com/qbfLVeIdva— Tommy Christ (@tschrist50) October 18, 2016
Committing to Virginia in April, Christ’s senior film has obviously caught the eye of a number of high programs, with the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive tackle landing offers from Ole Miss and Penn State within the last couple weeks. It remains to be seen if he’s open to taking visits.
Donovan Jeter Decommits From Notre Dame, Will Probably End Up At Pitt
Well, the first shoe dropped for Notre Dame recruiting wise, as WPIAL DT Donovan Jeter decommitted from the Irish just a month after making his original pledge.
After praying and thinking about it I've decided to decommit from Norte dame but they are still my top school. I am opening my recruitment— Donovan Jeter (@__5god__) October 18, 2016
Jeter was going to officially visit the Nittany Lions before making a commitment to Notre Dame, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Penn State get that visit at some point. Regardless, it’s most likely that Jeter will end up at Pitt unless Notre Dame can turn around things in a hurry.
Penn State Is In Ben Hutch’s Final Three
Staying with the defensive tackles, the Nittany Lions are in Tennessee DT Ben Hutch’s final three.
As has been discussed, pulling Hutch from Louisville or Texas A&M will be quite the challenge. Highly doubtful he ends up in Happy Valley.
Derrek Pitts Stays Home, Commits To West Virginia
Former Penn State commit Derrek Pitts ended his recruitment for a second time, this time picking his home state school, the West Virginia Mountaineers.
I'm coming HOME ‼️ pic.twitter.com/KsOhhuRIKR— Derrek JUICE Pitts (@LabelMeAsQuadon) October 17, 2016
With just Jonathan Sutherland committed, the Nittany Lions remain in search of another safety to add to their 2017 class.
Ohio State Visitors
Sean Fitz of Lions247 has a VIP list ($) of potential visitors for the “Whiteout Game.” Spoiler Alert: a lot of talent scheduled to be in Happy Valley.
Also, checkout this video from Greg Pickel of PennLive where he talks about some of the visitors expected on campus this weekend.