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Nittany Lions Land Pennsylvania’s Top Prospect Three Years Straight

For the third consecutive year, Penn State earned a signature from the top-ranked prospect in the state of Pennsylvania when five-star Micah Parsons officially put pen to paper on his letter of intent Wednesday.

Western Pennsylvania blue chips Lamont Wade and Miles Sanders picked the Nittany Lions the last two cycles, and the addition of Parsons to that crop continues on James Franklin’s promise to “Dominate the State.” Wade, a rising sophomore corner, and Sanders, a rising junior running back, will be crucial pieces of Franklin’s roster next year and should compete for starting jobs.

“I’m really proud that we’ve signed the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania for three straight years,” Franklin said. “Being able to keep the best players home is really important. I’m very appreciative of Miles and his mom for getting this thing going. Miles made it cool to stay home and play at Penn State. It’s kinda the sexy thing to do now.”

Franklin said Parsons will enroll early for the spring semester and start his career at Mike linebacker rather than defensive end. He’s a near lock to play right away as a true freshman next fall.

In addition to being the top prospect in Pennsylvania, Parsons is the fourth-ranked high school player in the country for 2018. In fact, the Harrisburg native is the second-best recruit to ever sign with the Nittany Lions since they started tracking these things, behind only Derrick Williams, who was also the No. 4 overall prospect in 2005.

Franklin said the twists and turns surrounding Parsons’ recruitment will go down in history.

“You’re going to have to wait until the book comes out,” Franklin said. “Fortunately for us, at the end of the day, we had built a very strong relationship with mom. We had built a very strong relationship with dad by the end of the process. It’l be in my memoirs when I’m retired. He’ll have a number of pages.”

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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