Micah Parsons, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin
Height/Weight: 6'3"/225 lbs.
Recruited By: Brent Pry, Sean Spencer
Starz n' Sheetz:
NR Rivals, ESPN
Sheetz: Penn State, Michigan, NC State, Rutgers, Temple
Micah Parsons has been target No. 1 on the Class of 2018's board for Penn State for over a year now, as he received his offer from James Franklin in November of 2014. At the time, the Central Dauphin standout was putting the finishing touches on the type of season that would blow you away if he were an 18-year-old senior. Instead, he earned Class AAAA All-State honors as a freshman, with 43 solo tackles (121 total), 18.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss, and a defensive touchdown on the season. I will pause here while you pick your jaw up off of the floor and stop giggling at how frightening that is, especially in the top level of Pennsylvania high school football. Also, because this cannot be reiterated enough: he put up those numbers as a freshman. A freshman. In his first year of high school.
Due to some disciplinary issues, Micah missed several games during his sophomore season, but in nine games played as a sophomore he has put up 24 solo tackles (57 total), 18.5 tackles for loss, oh, and 13.5 sacks. He's still good. Really really good.
He has taken a bunch of trips to Happy Valley, most recently for the Michigan game this year, as well as one back in July that very nearly resulted in his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions.
We are still about two and a half years away from watching Parsons terrorize opponents in the Blue and White, but it's hard not to get really excited. I mean, just go back and just look at those freshman season stats. Already 6-3 and 225 pounds with perhaps a little growth left, he already has a tremendous first step, and impressive speed. Central Dauphin has also used him as a linebacker at times, but he is a true strong-side end at the next level. Nittany Lion fans have plenty to look forward to with the kid already nicknamed "The Waterboy."
Welcome to Penn State, Micah!