Five-star DE Micah Parsons chooses Penn State after Ohio State debacle

Erica Murray
December 21, 2017

On the first day of college football's early signing period, the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Parsons revealed his college choice during a two-minute video in front of a crowd assembled at the high school auditorium.

Penn State landed the top uncommitted recruit in the nation this morning when Harrisburg (Pa.) five-star strong-side defensive end Micah Parsons signed with the Nittany Lions.

The Harrisburg High School star is rated the No. 4 overall prospect in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and the country's No. 1 defensive end.

As a result, the Buckeyes had to halt their efforts in recruiting Parsons.

In the days leading to the Early Signing Period, Herbstreit was involved with - though not at fault for - a minor Ohio State NCAA violation connected to Parsons' recruitment.

Ohio State had been in the mix for Parsons, however, his possible life as a Buckeye ended Tuesday after reports surfaced that Ohio State self-reported a recruiting violation involving a picture Parsons took with ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit and former Ohio State running back Eddie George on the set of ESPN's College GameDay.

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.

The time has come I'm officially committed! Like any other major program hosting a Top 10 showdown in primetime, the Buckeyes probably hosted a number of top level recruits that weekend.

Penn State is looking to replace highly-productive middle linebacker Jason Cabinda, so there is an opening at the position. Oklahoma, Georgia and Nebraska are also candidates for Parsons' signature.

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