Report: Ohio State Agreed to Stop Recruiting Micah Parsons

By RLR Staff on December 19, 2017 at 10:18 am
Micah Parsons on the set of ESPN College GameDay during his official visit to Ohio State
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The recruiting saga of Harrisburg, PA star Micah Parsons is set to wrap up on Wednesday morning. There appears to be one final turn, however, on the winding path. According to a report from The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, the Buckeyes agreed to stop recruiting the five-star prospect following a self-reported NCAA violation during Parsons' official visit to Columbus in September.

After decommitting from Penn State in April, and up until the September visit, Ohio State was a huge favorite to sign Parsons. We'll let The Lantern explain what happened from there:

While on a campus tour led by football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger, the recruit met Herbstreit on the show’s set, took a photo with two College GameDay analysts who are not former Ohio State players — believed to be Corso and Davis — while sitting on-stage, and met George off the set, according to the records. Though recruits on official visits are able to speak with former student-athletes of the school they are visiting, they are not allowed to “have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes.”

“As such, a violation of NCAA Bylaws 13.10.1 and 13.10.2.4 occurred, as members of the media may not be present during an institution’s recruiting contact with a prospect and a prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect’s visit to the institution,” Ohio State’s self-violation report said.

According to the records, Terwilliger allowed the recruit and his parents to enter College GameDay’s production area in front of the set, which is inaccessible to the public. The group was then given credentials by a producer of the show. The action is regarded as an improper benefit by the NCAA, and was self-reported by Ohio State.

Parsons will sign his Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning. Penn State is a heavy favorite to receive that letter, and add the local star back into their top-five recruiting class.

**UPDATE- But that's not all! The Parsons recruitment saga never seems to end, so of course there's more to this story than meets the eye.

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