Penn State '18 PA DE - Micah Parsons (Penn State Verbal)

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    5-star DE Micah Parsons
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    5-star defensive end Micah Parsons (Jeremy Birmingham/Landof10)
    Micah Parsons is the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2018 class. The Harrisburg, Pa., native de-committed from Penn State in April. At that point, Ohio State was pegged as the top contender for his commitment.

    His commitment is going to play out for a while, and the Nittany Lions are a threat to bring him back into the fold — especially given their proximity to his hometown. It might also become a question of how many defensive ends Ohio State wants to take, though it seems a safe bet they’d find a way to make room for such a talented player.
     
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    Micah Parsons & Jayson Oweh • Defensive Ends • ★★★★/★ • Threat: Penn State

    Ohio State's defensive line class is already off to an incredible start with commitments from the nation's top defensive tackle and one of the top pass-rushers. The Buckeyes are set to lose a number of starters following the 2017 season, and this is likely the most important unit to address.

    James Franklin and Co. aren't going to go down without a fight for two of America's best defensive ends. Micah Parsons backed off of his Penn State pledge in April, and while Ohio State is in a great spot, it's probably too early to pencil him into the class. It's been rumored that distance from home could be a factor, and though a number of SEC visits are in the works, the five-star still seems likely to wind up in Big Ten country.

    Jayson Oweh – the nation's No. 10 defensive end – may have more upside than any other player in the country. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder has only played organized football for one year, and Larry Johnson seems to be a huge fan of the four-star from Blairstown, New Jersey. Penn State appeared to have the upper hand through the spring, but a visit to Columbus for the June 9th camp has put the Buckeyes right at the top.

    Ohio State may run into a bit of a numbers crunch at defensive end, but it's reasonable to expect at least one of these two to ultimately side with the Buckeyes.
     
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    — Five-star Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) showed a different gear during 1-on-1's, coming downfield and using his long arms to swallow the ball-carrier.
     
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    B1G BATTLE LOOMS

    When Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, five-star defensive end Micah Parsons decommitted from Penn State in late April, most assumed it would only be a matter of time before he pledged his services to Ohio State. The speculation was fueled by the fact that he'd been to Columbus four times in the previous six months, but Parsons didn't reopen his recruitment just to shut it back down shortly thereafter.

    “A lot of people didn't like [me taking visits while committed], so we decided just to slow it down, step back from my commitment and see what [the recruiting process is] all about,” Parsons told Eleven Warriors. “Then you'll really see who's there for you and who really wants you if you wait 'til the end.”

    The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Parsons is considered the top-rated weak-side defensive end and No. 4 prospect overall in the Class of 2018, as he's recorded 190 tackles, 47 tackles for a loss and 32 sacks through his first two high school seasons. He recently listed the Buckeyes in his Top 9 alongside Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State, and doesn't plan to make a decision on his future again until after he takes all of his official visits this fall.

    “Everything's up for grabs right now,” Parsons said. “I'm just taking the process slow and just taking in all the information, the depth chart and academics.”

    Ohio State stands out, of course, thanks to his relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson. The two talk almost daily, and adding a talent like Parsons to a group that already includes five-star defensive end Brenton Cox and four-star hybrid Andrew Chatfield is downright scary.

    “Me and coach J are cool,” Parsons said. “That's what me and [fellow Ohio State defensive end target] Tyreke Smith were talking about yesterday. How much he knows about the game. Twenty-plus years, you can't teach that to nobody else. He knows the development, teaching you hand movement and the hips and everything all around. Me and coach J, he's got it down.”

    Parsons plans to visit Alabama and Miami in the coming weeks before returning to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights. He's been to Penn State three times since his decommitment, though, and I wouldn't count the Nittany Lions out just yet.
     
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    Micah Parsons wants to play both ways?

    I asked all eight Ohio State commits in Oregon one fairly generic, straight-to-the-point, question over the weekend.

    “Who are the recruits you are recruiting?”

    To a man, two names popped up: offensive lineman Jackson Carman and defensive end/linebacker Micah Parsons. For anyone who has followed recruiting, neither of those names are much of a surprise, but it speaks to how the players are viewed by their peers and prospective teammates.

    We’ll get to Carman more in a second, but we’ll start with Parsons, who played linebacker at The Opening finals. While watching the offensive/defensive linemen work out, Parsons commented a few times that he wished he lived in a state different than Pennsylvania, which prohibited him from doing any sort of contact work in the drills. Parsons also made sure anyone around him knew he would run circles around the offensive linemen there if he were able to work against them.

    He certainly doesn’t lack for confidence.

    Over the last few months, since he de-committed from Penn State, Parsons has been a pretty busy guy, traveling around the country seeing other schools. He told me he intends to continue that in July with a planned visit to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights. Some discussion about a potential Florida visit on July 21 has also popped up, so we’ll see what school gets the visit.

    Though the Buckeyes hold the edge on the 247Sports.com crystal ball for Parsons, there are some major pieces of the puzzle that need to be sorted out in his recruitment. Moving forward, there are a few keys to watch that will shape his recruitment. Among them is this little tidbit from Parsons: He wants to play both ways in college and every school in his top group except Ohio State is telling him that he’ll have that chance. The Buckeyes are not interested in turning him into a gadget player, but rather a monster at defensive end.

    That brings us to the next point. Parsons feels his future might be in a 3-4 defense as a stand-up linebacker rather than a pure defensive end. Ohio State — solely because of Larry Johnson Sr. — is the only 4-3 alignment school he says he’s considering.

    I don’t know everything that will happen between now and signing day, but there’s no doubt Parsons will be the focus of some intriguing moments.
     
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    What seems to be the feeling right now with Parsons?
     
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    I don't see him in this class...........
     
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    WHY?!?!?!?!!
     
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    Think he goes back to Penn State?
     
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    I just do not have a good feeling he will sign with OSU.........

    No. Slim chance.
     
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