Lions lose star recruit

Coming off the high of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in several years, Penn State football was hit by a gut-punch on Sunday night when Harrisburg defensive end Micah Parsons — the Nittany Lions’ top-ranked pledge in the nation’s second-rated class — announced that he was decommitting.

“I feel like this is the best decision for me and my family,” Parsons posted on Twitter. “They are still one of my top schools but I just feel like I committed too soon and I needed to focus on this upcoming football season!”

A five-star prospect and three-time all-state selection, Parsons originally committed to Penn State on Feb. 27, 2016. However, in the last few months, Parsons has been increasingly linked with one of the Lions’ chief Big Ten rivals, Ohio State, making several trips to Columbus.

Parsons’ move came just one day after he was among more than 100 prospects and more than 20 with Lion scholarship offers who were on hand for Penn State’s Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium.

With Parsons’ announcement, Penn State now has 12 recruits in a class that is expected to eventually number around 23.


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