Ladies and gentlemen, Micah Parsons!
Hometown/High School: Harrisburg, PA (Harrisburg H.S.)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 241 pounds
Rating: ★★★★★ (0.9983 247Sports Composite)
Other Contenders: Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Nebraska
Where to even begin with Micah Parsons? The Central PA five-star was offered by James Franklin as a freshman, and after a couple visits to Happy Valley, committed to Penn State as a sophomore in February 2016. Parsons was stayed true with the Nittany Lions for over a year, but after increased scrutiny over visiting other schools, Parsons rescinded his verbal from Penn State in April 2017.
While the Nittany Lions stayed in the thick of things for Parsons, it looked likely he would end up at Big Ten foe (definitely not rival) Ohio State. But after a recruiting weekend filled with Twitter drama, the Parsons-Buckeyes relationship fizzled out, leading the way for Penn State to swoop back in for the former commit. Parsons made it official earlier today, not only making his commitment to the Nittany Lions, but signing his Letter of Intent for Penn State.
Parsons made some mistakes on the recruiting trail. For a five-star kid to not have a total green light at his top two schools (Ohio State and Penn State) for a part of his recruitment, tells you what you need to know. But it certainly seemed like he got the message as his recruitment winded down. I don’t think Penn State would have given him the green light again if that wasn’t the case.
On the field, Penn State hasn’t landed a better football player than Micah Parsons in a very, very long time. He’s an elite athlete (110.07 SPARQ rating) that already has great size (6-foot-3, 241 pounds). But it’s when you combine his physical traits with his instincts and tenacity that makes him such a great football player.
Parsons could play defensive end, linebacker, or H-back at the next level. While DE seems to be his best position, I think there’s a good chance he starts his Penn State career at linebacker. The Nittany Lions need help there, and Parsons will have a real opportunity to start from day one. Eventually, though, you’ll want Parsons with his hand in the dirt. He’s a terror getting after the quarterback, and while his athleticism will allow him to drop back to linebacker for a bit, Parsons will be a game-changing player at defensive end.
Welcome back to Penn State, Micah!