Coaches in State College, Pa., got some bad news this weekend.
Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive end and one of the top commits in Penn State’s Class of 2018, announced his decommitment from the Nittany Lions on Twitter Sunday evening.
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— #blessed⭐️MVP™ (@Micah_parsons23) April 24, 2017
He represents the second major decommitment from the Nittany Lions this week. Chris Bleich, a 4-star offensive tackle from Plymouth, Pa., changed his mind about Penn State on Friday morning. Bleich said he “committed way too young in his sophomore year” and noted he wanted to explore more options.
Parsons, the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Pennsylvania as well as the nation’s No. 1 overall weakside defensive end prospect, committed to Penn State on Feb. 27. In his note on Twitter, Parsons wrote he’s still considering Penn State but felt he “committed too soon.”
Parsons was one of three 5-star prospects to verbally commit to Penn State so far in the Class of 2018. Running back Ricky Slade and dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields, remain committed to the Nittany Lions.
Although Parsons has taken back his Penn State commitment, he still could find himself in the Big Ten when the 2018 college football season rolls around.
It isn’t any secret that Ohio State was heavily interested in Parsons during the last five months. Urban Meyer and company brought Parsons to campus for the Buckeyes spring game, and they have been constantly involved with his recruiting.
It seems that the Buckeyes’ tactics are working, as Parsons even named his new dog “Brutus,” after Ohio State’s mascot.
Parsons, who is from Harrisburg, Pa., hasn’t ruled out in-state Penn State. However, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise should he end up at Ohio State.