PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



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.”

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Mikey Mandarino

Mikey is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's Sports Editor. He grew up in Bedminster, NJ and is way too obnoxious about all the best things his home state has to offer. He likes to play golf, but he isn't very good at it because golf is hard. If you're dying to see more hockey/golf content on your timeline, you can follow Mikey on Twitter @mikey_mandarino. Send all hate mail/death threats to [email protected]


Join Onward State: Spring 2019 Application

Want to be a part of the nation’s premier student-run media outlet? Want to have your words read or your pictures seen by hundreds of thousands of readers and social media followers?

Penn State Urges Legislators, Administration To End Government Shutdown

“As we work together to make the impact as least disruptive as possible to our students and employees, we strongly urge Congress and the president to end this impasse.”

Send this to a friend