One of the most exciting players to come through Happy Valley in recent years is done suiting up for Penn State. According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports, All-American linebacker Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 college football season and will begin preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sources tell me that Penn State LB Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 college season and enter the 2021 NFL draft— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) August 5, 2020
Should be made official later tonight or early tomorrow.https://t.co/1rBqoccKN3
According to Edholm, Penn State held a team meeting on Tuesday night before an expected announcement of Wednesday, in which Parsons is expected to announce he's making the jump "barring a last-minute change of heart."
A five-star recruit in the class of 2018, Parsons registered 192 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in two seasons in Happy Valley. A high school defensive end, Parsons spent his true freshman season splitting reps with Koa Farmer while he learned the position before becoming an absolute superstar in 2019. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, a consensus All-American, and the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, giving annually to the best linebacker in the Big Ten.
Parsons in the latest in what's quickly becoming a trend of big-name college football stars opting out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. Virginia Tech's Caleb Farley and Minnesota's Rashod Bateman, both projected first-round picks, have opted out in recent weeks, with more decisions certainly on the horizon.
Parsons' final game in a Penn State uniform may have been his best. He tortured Memphis to the tune of 14 total tackles and two sacks in the Cotton Bowl, in what was one of the best defensive performances in Penn State bowl history.
Thanks for memories, Micah.