5-star DE Micah Parsons commits to Penn State

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Parsons is the class' highest ranked recruit, checking in at No. 4 nationally, while Monmouth Junction, N.J., receiver Justin Shorter and Woodbridge, Va., running back Ricky Slade are the two other five-stars.

Penn State's recruiting classes has always been amongst the top-25 annually, but many expected Franklin would be able to consistently recruit top-10 classes and the key was going to be signing multiple five-star prospects.

This season, Parsons was a standout on both sides of the ball during a season that saw the Cougars climb as high as No. 69 in the High School Football America Top 100 national rankings. But one of the schools we can rule out for Parsons' signature is Ohio State.

"In short, OSU had already chose to stop recruiting Parsons", Biddle wrote.

College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, found himself with a (probably small) role in Ohio State's doomed Carman recruitment, and he turned out to be an unwitting central figure in the Buckeyes' pursuit of Parsons.

5-star DE Micah Parsons commits to Penn State
5-star DE Micah Parsons commits to Penn State

The report said that was the reason the Buckeyes had stopped pursuing Parsons, which the player and his father denied, as did a handful of other Ohio State media outlets. I mean seriously, a credential to go on set for 5 minutes to take a picture with Rece Davis is an extra benefit?

Micah Parsons added a little drama to the Early Signing Day.

In the end, the Lions won out over Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Five-star defensive end Micah Parsons (6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Harrisburg, Pa.) has made a decision!

He'll play defense for the Lions, either at defensive end or linebacker, a spot where the Lions are looking thin for 2018.

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