Big news in the recruiting world, as five-star 2018 defensive end Micah Parsons will leave Central Dauphin High School and transfer to Harrisburg High School.
Again, worst kept secret confirmed, Micah Parsons has transferred out of CD and is going to Harrisburg. Waiting to hear status with HBg tm— Eric Thomas (@ByEricThomas) October 18, 2016
So everyone can stop asking. Yes, @Micah_Parsons90 has officially moved on from CD. Wish him well, it was a pleasure to cover you young man— Eric Thomas (@ByEricThomas) October 18, 2016
Parsons, the No. 1 recruit in Pennsylvania in the class of 2018 and the No. 5 overall player in America based on his 247Sports Composite score, has been active on Twitter regarding his decision to transfer for the last day. You can catch up on everything he's tweeted right here.
For Penn State, this is an interesting development, as Parsons will join up with another Nittany Lion commit at Harrisburg. Damion Barber, a three-star defensive end and a top-10 player in the class of 2017, goes to Harrisburg, giving the school quite the 1-2 punch on the defensive line. Additionally, 2018 Penn State target Shaquon Anderson-Butts goes to Harrisburg High. Butts is a four-star wide receiver prospect and all six of his Crystal Ball predictions have him going to Penn State.
As for why Parsons is transferring, it stems from an incident involving a post he made to social media. He was suspended for Central Dauphin's game this past week against Harrisburg, and after he transferred, his father shed some light on the decision to transfer, which you can read about right here. A snippet:
Terrence Parsons said Micah left CD in the wake of fallout from a racist social media post by a group of female students. His father said Micah was accused by the school of "inciting a riot'' and suspended Thursday after the Instagram post became the subject of public scrutiny.
"They gave him three days [suspension], and the punishment doesn't fit the crime," Terrence said.
If you didn't follow along with what happened, Parsons posted a picture to Twitter which highlighted a racist incident involving fellow students, which he ended with "I gotta transfer." We won't embed it, but you can find it right here (Warning: it is NSFW). Without editorializing too terribly much, I agree that the punishment in no way fit the crime, mostly because saying "hey racism is a bad thing" is not a crime at all. Good on Parsons for sticking up for himself.
All of us would like to wish best of luck to Parsons as he dominates Pennsylvania high school football in a different uniform. And best of luck to everyone who has to play against Harrisburg, because my goodness is that defensive end combination terrifying.