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Garrett Sickels led Penn State with 6 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in 2016.

Penn State’s Garrett Sickels signs with Colts, Lions ‘still in mix’ with Micah Parsons and more

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Mom says Garrett Sickels heading to Colts

Wide receiver Chris Godwin was, as expected, the only Penn State player selected in the NFL draft, selected in the third round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Four other former Nittany Lions reportedly have signed as undrafted free agents.

The mother of defensive end Garrett Sickels announced on Twitter that the Indianapolis Colts added her son after he elected to forego his final season and declare for the draft. As Josh Moyer of the Centre Daily Times noted, Sickels was one of 28 early entry candidates to go undrafted, despite leading the Lions with 6 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss and topping the defensive line in tackles (47).

He was viewed as a marginal prospect, however. As Dan Shonka of Ourlads.com told the Centre Daily Times:

“He’s a high-motor, great effort guy, relentless, a leader with strong hands. He’s 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, so he needs to get bigger and stronger. But he’ll work his way into a backup position.”

Lions247 also reported that linebacker Brandon Bell had signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, and other reports have defensive end Evan Schwan signing with the New York Giants.

Safety Malik Golden also said on Instagram that he is headed to the San Francisco 49ers.


Micah Parsons: PSU’s ‘still in the mix’

Micah Parsons, the 5-star defensive end who decommitted from Penn State last week, told Mark Brennan of Fight on State on Sunday that the Lions are “still in the mix” for his services.

Parsons, speaking to Brennan at The Opening in Florham Park, N.J., said he talks to Lions coach James Franklin “almost every day.”

Parsons, who according to 247Sports is the nation’s No. 3 recruit and the top player at his position, said he reopened his recruitment because of “some family stuff.” He is being wooed by such schools as Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, USC and Georgia.

He had verbally committed to PSU last February.


Lax teams sweep

Penn State’s lacrosse teams, both nationally ranked, earned victories in their regular-season finales Sunday at Michigan.

Katie O’Donnell scored 5 goals to lead the fifth-ranked women’s team to a 17-10 victory over the Wolverines, and Nick Aponte had 5 goals and 4 assists to lead the 10th-ranked men’s team to a 17-13 victory.

The men’s team, now 12-2, opens the Big Ten Tournament against Maryland on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, while the women, now 15-2, open the conference tournament the following day in College Park, Md.


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