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Committany Nation: Micah Parsons Back in Happy Valley

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Penn State’s top commitment, five-star Micah Parsons, was back in State College over the weekend.

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Parsons Visits Penn State

The rumors are true, folks: 2018 commit Micah Parsons visited the Nittany Lions this weekend.

This was the five-star’s first time being back at Penn State since he was in attendance for the Ohio State game in late October. Just to jog your memory incase it’s fuzzy, the Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes 24-21 that night.

Anyway, Parsons’ recruitment remains the same wild ride it’s always been. He’s going to flirt with and visit a bunch of schools, as he clearly enjoys the recruiting game. But until he wavers from Penn State, there’s really no sense in worrying too much about his week-to-week activities. His recruitment won’t be over until Signing Day.

Ohio DT Back In Happy Valley

More than just Parsons was on campus this weekend, as the Nittany Lions hosted four-star defensive tackle Tyreke Smith.

This was Smith’s third visit to Penn State since the fall, so it’s clear he has quite a bit of interest in the Nittany Lions. Like most Ohio products though, the Buckeyes will be tough to beat here, but James Franklin and Sean Spencer have done a great job forging a strong relationship with Smith. If for whatever reason Ohio State passes on the 6-foot-4, 260-pound big man, the Nittany Lions would probably be sitting in the driver’s seat.

Tobe Umerah Offered

Staying with the defensive line theme, Penn State also hosted Georgia defensive end Tobe Umerah, who left Happy Valley with an offer from the Nittany Lions, according to Sean Fitz. Despite only being a three-star, Umerah has an impressive offer sheet, claiming offers from Alabama, Auburn, Northwestern, Stanford, Wisconsin, and now Penn State.

While Umerah lives in Georgia now, he’s originally from Pennsylvania, having lived in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg (again according to Fitz) before moving to Georgia when he was 12 years old. One would think he should have stronger ties to Penn State because of it, so Umerah might be a good name to remember going forward.