Micah Parsons is one of the most confident young players in the B1G. In the spring, he promised that Penn State would be in the College Football Playoff picture within the next two years. Now, he’s making a bold prediction about his future.

Recently, Parsons was named a preseason fourth-team All-American by college football magazine guru Phil Steele. The linebacker, along with teammate and defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos, were both mentioned as fourth-team talents.

That’s not good enough for Parsons, though. He’s striving to be one of the top linebackers in country.

In a Twitter post over the weekend, Penn State congratulated Parsons and Gross-Matos for being mentioned as All-Americans. The aspiration for the linebacker, however, is that he and his teammate climb much higher this fall.

“I promise we won’t be on 4th team by the end of the year!” Parsons wrote on Twitter.


Parsons, a five-star member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class and one of the top five players of his cycle, made significant contributions in his true freshman season in Happy Valley. He finished the year with 83 tackles, five for loss and forced two fumbles while appearing in all 13 games.

Even as a sophomore, Parsons will be one of the top linebackers in the B1G in 2019.

Gross-Matos is considered one of the best defensive linemen returning in the conference as well, following a big year last season. He totaled 20 tackles for loss, eight sacks and also forced two fumbles in 13 contests.

Both Parsons and Gross-Matos have an incredibly high ceiling in 2019. While fourth-team All-American is a pretty good honor for any player this preseason, Parsons made it clear it isn’t good enough.