Signed: Micah Parsons Brings Immense Star Power and Superstar Potential to Happy Valley

By Bill DiFilippo on December 20, 2017 at 9:56 am
Micah Parsons
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Welcome to early signing period for the 2018 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)


Micah Parsons’ recruitment started the way everyone expected, as the precocious sophomore gave James Franklin and the Nittany Lions an in-state centerpiece for their 2018 class. After decommitting, going through a rather tumultuous process, things ended up the exact same way, as Parsons officially recommitted to Penn State on Wednesday morning, giving the team its third five-star recruit in the class.

Micah Parsons
Position: Weak-side defensive end
Height/Weight: 6'3/235
High School: Harrisburg (PA)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★★(0.9984)
Positional Rank: No. 4 Overall, No. 1 Weak-side defensive end, No. 1 in Pennsylvania
Commitment Date: December 20, 2017

247Sports Scouting Report

Parsons is a unique talent because of his size and agility. He is uber-explosive and his balance is a strength. He is quick at the snap of the ball, and he changes direction well. He can chase a play down from behind and he uses his length to corral the ball carrier. Even as a freshman playing on varsity, he was physical and played at a high rate of speed. His athleticism and the speed in which he plays are both elite. -- Brian Dohn

RLR's Take

Well, this was fun! Getting Parsons to circle back to Penn State after a previous decommitment was a kind of unprecedented move for the Nittany Lions, and they deserve credit for beating out other schools like Georgia, Nebraska, and Ohio State (which had reportedly ended its recruitment of Parsons) to earn his signature. It’s sometimes hard to forget because of how crazy his recruitment was, but Parsons is a generational talent who can be a potential centerpiece for Brent Pry’s defense for the next 3-4 years. Players like him don’t come around very often, not just for Penn State but in general.

Moving Forward

Green Light

Parsons is not someone you keep off the field. Whether he ends up a member of Sean Spencer’s defensive line unit or Pry’s linebacker group, Parsons is the kind of player who will be knocking down the door to play immediately. His best position long term is defensive end, where his strength, speed, and athletic ability should terrorize offensive linemen. But as for a path onto the field, keep an eye on whether he’s used as a linebacker to start his career.

Highlights

2018 Defensive End Scholarship Chart

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

2019 Commits

Torrence Brown*

Ryan Buchholz*

Daniel Joseph*

Damion Barber*

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Shareef Miller*

Shane Simmons*

Micah Parsons

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Shaka Toney*

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Yetur Gross-Matos

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* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Micah.
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