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Et Tu, Micah Parsons? 2018 Penn State Commit Sets Recruiting World Ablaze

In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the character named Brutus betrays his good friend. Ironically, it’s also the name of Ohio State’s mascot and five-star Penn State commit Micah Parsons’ new dog.

Parsons, the nation’s third-ranked player and top defensive end in the 2018 recruiting class, tweeted out an image on Friday morning of the new puppy.

Parsons explained to that he thought Brutus was a “savage” name for his new dog and “doesn’t really have anything to do with Ohio State.” Other names considered were Hercules and Duke, but fans can rest assured that David Cutclliffe’s Blue Devils aren’t a threat to steal his verbal.

There has been speculation of Parsons’ wavering commitment and the division rival Buckeyes are believed to be a candidate to steal him before next February’s National Signing Day. In his interview with Rivals, Parsons did note that he does like Ohio State as a program.

In addition to the tweet becoming a trending topic on social media, two hours before Parsons posted it fellow commit Ricky Slade voiced a bit of chagrin about loyalty.

Although Parsons may truly like the name Brutus, this is only the latest example of a laundry list of recruiting head-scratchers from athletes across the nation. While it is sometimes hard to fully understand the mindset of a high school boy (been there done that), we do know two things: Nittany makes a great name for a cat and Brutus belongs in ENGL 129.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.


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