Penn State loses commitment from five-star DE Micah Parsons

The final weekend of spring football ended on a sour note in Happy Valley.

Late Sunday evening, five-star defensive end Micah Parsons tweeted out that he would be decommitting from Penn State and would reopen his recruitment. The news came just one day after the team’s annual Blue-White game that concludes the spring season.

Parsons sent out this message on Sunday:

In the message, Parsons stated that he believes he committed too quickly and needed to focus on his final season at the high school level. The Harrisburg, Penn. native gave his verbal pledge to the Nittany Lions in February 2016.

The five-star defensive end also made it clear the Penn State hasn’t been eliminated as a potential landing spot and remains as one of his top six schools moving forward.

Parsons was the highest-rated recruit for the Nittany Lions in the 2018 class with a .9983 composite score, according to 247 Sports. He’s currently ranked as the third-best player in the country and is the top prospect from Pennsylvania and the best weak-side defensive end in the nation.

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Even though the decommitment is a tough loss, James Franklin still has the Lions’ 2018 class ranked third nationally. Penn State currently has 12 commitments, seven of which from either four-star or five-star recruits.

As Parsons’ recruitment reopens, keep an eye on other B1G programs Michigan and Ohio State, both of which made his top six back in December. In addition to his attendance at Penn State’s spring game on Saturday, Parson’s also attended Ohio State’s spring game on April 15.

Florida State, Georgia and USC are the other three teams listed in his top six back in December.

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