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Micah Parsons discusses Nebraska official visit
Huskers target and 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons does not talk much about his recruiting process. But Adam Friedman of Rivals caught up with Parsons after his homecoming game Saturday at Harrisburg (Pa.) High School. Nebraska was among the schools Parsons discussed with Friedman, with the conversation centering around the official visit Parsons took to Lincoln on Oct. 7.
Parsons is the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite. Overall, Parsons seemed to enjoy the visit and the Nebraska coaching staff’s message to him.
“My parents both had a good time on the Nebraska visit,” Parsons said. “Nebraska has been telling me they need guys like me to come in and play. That’s why they got guys like Bookie [Brendan Radley-Hiles], Chase Williams, and Joshua Moore. They just need a bunch more guys to come in and get better.”
One of the things Parsons likes about Nebraska is the family atmosphere surrounding the community and program. That’s something a lot of commits seem to like about Nebraska, and it’s something the staff uses as a valuable recruiting chip.
“I would definitely say it’s like a family up there,” said Parsons. “Everybody knows everybody and they treat each other so nicely. They love each other.”
Parsons went into detail about how Nebraska would use his dynamic skill set in their 3-4 scheme. Nebraska coaches apparently have told Parsons they plan to use him in more than one position on defense, most likely as someone who can put their hand on the ground and as a linebacker.
“It was good to see how they would use me,” he said. “They would use me in the ‘CAT’ position and move me around a bunch. That would be a good thing for me.”
Penn State and Ohio State are other Big Ten teams vying for Parsons (he was committed to Penn State for more than a year before de-committing on April 23). He will take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. Georgia, Alabama, USC and Miami are also pushing for him.
The Cornhuskers dialed up their recruitment of Parsons during the team’s bye week, sending linebackers coach Trent Bray to Harrisburg to watch Parsons play.
“The fact that he came all the way out here to watch me play three quarters of a game means a lot,” Parsons said. “It means he actually cares about me and my well being.”
Parsons touched upon the uncertain coaching situation at Nebraska, given the hiring of new athletic director Bill Moos and the decision he will make regarding coach Mike Riley and his staff’s future at the school. He said he’ll take a wait-and-see approach regarding Nebraska.
“The coaching staff situation is one of the things I’m iffy about,” Parsons said. “They just got a new AD so we’ll know in a few weeks.”
Another interesting aspect of the interview is Parsons’ timeline for his commitment. Until recently, the thinking was that Parsons would commit sometime in early November. However, Parsons told Friedman that he plans on signing on Dec. 20 during the early-signing period, which would allow him the opportunity to enroll early.
I’d have to consider the Cornhuskers a long shot to land Parsons. He clearly is apprehensive regarding the state of the program. With a decision more than two months away, his recruitment has become seemingly anybody’s ballgame. That being said, if I had to guess where Parsons is heading, I’d say he repairs his relationship with the Penn State coaching staff and winds up in Happy Valley.
Cornhuskers miss on 2018 target; Chris Hickman visits Minnesota
Three-star linebacker Paul Moala is staying in Indiana.
The Penn High School (Mishawaka, Ind.) standout announced his commitment to Notre Dame on Twitter. The Fighting Irish were thought to be the leaders for Moala, but the Cornhuskers offered him on Oct. 10 with intentions of flipping him.
Obviously, those efforts were unsuccessful.
— Paul Moala (@PaulMoala) October 22, 2017
In 2019 recruiting news, 3-star tight end Chris Hickman took an unofficial visit to Minnesota over the weekend. Hickman, who is from Burke High School (Omaha), has seen his recruitment from Big Ten West teams heat up over the last few weeks. Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota all offered him a scholarship during unofficial visits to those schools. He also holds offers from Iowa State, South Dakota State and Ole Miss.
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