Parsons Back in Happy Valley
Penn State's first commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, five-star defensive end Micah Parsons, was back on campus in Happy Valley this past weekend. The Harrisburg do-it-all superstar was making his first visit to State College since October for the Nittany Lions' upset win over Ohio State. Parsons told me earlier in the week that this was a visit he wanted to make, and luckily a ride worked out for him.
— #blessedMVP (@Micah_parsons23) March 18, 2017
Parsons spoke with Brian Linder of PennLive after the visit, reporting that the visit went "great". Go read the full piece, but here's a telling excerpt for Penn State fans.
He said Penn State coach James Franklin told him to enjoy the process.
"We had a great conversation," Parsons said. "We talked about recruiting. He told me to stay focused, and he said, 'Where ever you decide to go is up to you, but I'm going to tell you the opportunity here is going to be great, and you have a chance to be a legend in Pennsylvania.'"
Easily forgotten in Parsons' visits elsewhere and Twitter activity is the fact that he chose Penn State before the Big Ten championship run (he committed in February of 2016). Very few, if any, top-15 recruits go through the entire recruiting process without a little bit of drama, real or imagined. So take a deep breath, Penn State fans, and let the process play itself out (and for the love of all that is holy, please stop tweeting at him and all other recruits).
Smith Checks out Campus
Another highly-sought after defensive lineman in the 2018 recruiting class is DE/DT Tyreke Smith (Cleveland Heights, Ohio). Smith was originally scheduled to visit campus earlier in the week, but had his visit pushed back due to the snow. Thankfully, he was able to make it campus over the weekend.
What y'all think pic.twitter.com/C895sMVSNX
— Tyreke Smith (@T_23_baller) March 19, 2017
Smith has picked up some big-time offers lately from Oregon, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Georgia, though Penn State and Ohio State are still the only teams to hold predictions in their favor on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Hawkins Finalizes Plans
It's been reported previously that DT Aeneas Hawkins (Archbishop Moeller, Ohio) will be visiting Penn State this weekend, and now those plans have been finalized.
— Aeneas Hawkins (@King_Hawk92) March 19, 2017
Check back to Roar Lions Roar early next week for feedback from Hawkins on his visit.
Wilson Has a Commit Date
Four-star outside linebacker Payton Wilson (Orange High School, N.C.) will officially announce his verbal commitment on May 1, per his Twitter account.
I will be committing on May 1st!
— Payton Wilson (@payton_wilson21) March 19, 2017
Wilson has yet to visit Penn State, but listed the Nittany Lions among his top-seven schools in late-February. He's stated in the past that he wants to visit State College, but with a commitment date in sight, don't be surprised if that visit never takes place.
Still, no one seems to have a great sense for Wilson as far as his commitment goes. His 247Sports Crystal Ball holds just one prediction, in favor of North Carolina.