Five-star weakside defensive end Micah Parsons announced his decommitment from Penn State Sunday evening, and now it looks like the Buckeyes could be in the driver’s seat to land one of the nation’s most sought-after players.
He tweeted the news.
From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Parsons committed to Penn State two months ago, but has always remained in touch with Ohio State. He visited the Buckeyes for the spring game, and this past weekend was in State College for Penn State’s spring game.
He also created a stir not too long ago by tweeting a photo of his new dog, which he named “Brutus.”
Parsons (6-3 234) is rated the No. 3 player in the nation per the 247Sports Composite and is seen as a 5-star prospect by all four major recruiting services. In fact, he is a Top 10 prospect nationally according to each service. Needless to say, Ohio State will be involved for as long as Parsons would like.
The Buckeyes currently have just one defensive lineman committed in defensive tackle Taron Vincent. Vincent is the No. 12 player in the nation per the Composite. Ohio State is still looking for their first edge rusher in the 2018 class, but they will wait as long as they need to in order to land Parsons.
The Buckeyes could possibly be getting some good news soon on Georgia defensive end Brenton Cox, who is down to Georgia and Ohio State. He is rated the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the nation and could pair with Parsons for a rather formidable duo.
Such a duo would not be unheard of for Urban Meyer, who signed 5-star defensive ends Jonathon Cooper and Nick Bosa in the 2016 class, and 5-star defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington in the 2012 class.
Meyer has signed a 5-star defensive end in the 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017 classes. In the 2014 class, he signed 5-star linebacker Sam Hubbard, who is now entering his second season as a starting defensive end. In the 2016 class, he signed Jashon Cornell, who was at one time ESPN’s No. 1 player overall. Cornell is now looking to break into the two deep at defensive tackle for the Buckeyes.