Five-star DE Micah Parsons announces commitment to Penn State

Harrisburg's Micah Parsons scores on a long touchdown run against Exeter during their week 11 high school football game. Sean Simmers

Parsons, who is a 5-star defensive end recruit, signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday, choosing the Nittany Lions over Georgia, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Parsons wasn't the only five-star player to sign on Wednesday as fellow five-stars Justin Shorter and Ricky Slade also made their college decisions official.

Parsons journey got even more attention over the past few days after it was reported Ohio State was no longer recruiting Parsons because of self-reported violations. That was an NCAA violation, and OSU self-reported it and agreed to stop recruiting Parsons.

According to reports published Tuesday, Ohio State gave Parsons preferential treatment during College GameDay's visit to Columbus, when the Buckeyes were playing Oklahoma.

He initially committed to Penn State in February 2016 but pulled it back in April, saying he committed too soon, though he did leave the door open for a return to the Nittany Lions. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete ran for almost 800 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense, adding another two scores on receptions. "He came on the set at a commercial break & asked for a picture with Eddie and I". "The Buckeyes still could have pursued Parsons if they decided that was the best path to take".

Micah Parsons added a little drama to the Early Signing Day. Like any other major program hosting a Top 10 showdown in primetime, the Buckeyes probably hosted a number of top level recruits that weekend. It also doesn't mean the Parsons violation was his problem, because it wasn't.

He'll play defense for the Lions, either at defensive end or linebacker, a spot where the Lions are looking thin for 2018.

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