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Micah Parsons plans pair of visits prior to commitment date
All-American defensive end Micah Parsons plans to use the remainder of his official visit allotment before announcing a commitment Dec. 20. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Harrisburg (Pa.) High School senior told Brian Linder of PennLive he will utilize them at Georgia and Penn State.
Parsons revealed this travel itinerary Saturday following Harrisburg’s regular-season finale, which improved the Cougars’ record to 10-0. He previously spent official visits at Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Recruits who are are seniors are allowed five official visits.
Considered the No. 5 overall recruit in 247Sports’ composite rankings, Parsons is among the most compelling uncommitted prospects in America. He emerged as a top-tier talent during his first prep campaign, receiving a Penn State offer only months into his high school career.
Parsons pledged to the Nittany Lions in February 2016, becoming the first member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. However, he de-committed this past April, and his recruitment has been open since that time.
As we previously reported Sept. 19, Georgia appeared to be the only SEC program still under consideration for an official visit. Alabama hosted him on campus in July, while Florida also attempted to make a push during earlier phases of this process.
“[Georgia is] real family oriented,” his father, Terrence Parsons, told me. “How they laid it out [regarding academics], as a parent it’s what you want to hear. Basically, for you not to make it down there, you just have to come in there and say, ‘I’m not doing any work.’”
Georgia topped the initial College Football Playoff rankings, and is among teams that have discussed the possibility of Parsons also playing offense. Penn State is another, and the Nittany Lions claim a commitment from receiver Shaquon Anderson-Butts, a Harrisburg teammate and close friend of Parsons.
Both players attended Penn State’s Sept. 16 victory over Georgia State. Parsons received a warm welcome from Nittany Lions fans during his first return to Beaver Stadium since his de-commitment, and Anderson-Butts has repeatedly expressed confidence the final outcome will land them both in the same college uniform.
The Penn State staff will have at least one more close encounter with a recruit they’ve targeted since the first season of this regime. Expect his official visit to feature several committed members of the class on campus, as potential classmates can issue a full-court press of peer recruiting.
Along with Parsons, the Nittany Lions are keeping close tabs on fellow elite defensive ends Jayson Oweh and Tyreke Smith. Both players plan to announce their commitment Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Parsons’ commitment will coincide with the start of college football’s inaugural early signing period (Dec. 20-22). Through 10 games as a senior, he’s produced at a high level on both sides of the ball.
Parsons leads Harrisburg with 1,052 rushing yards (11.4 yards per carry) and 25 total touchdowns, according to MaxPreps. He’s also tallied 17.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks while playing defensive end and linebacker.
Nittany Lions legacy Solomon Enis sets official visit to Penn State
Aside from the aforementioned defensive end trio of Oweh, Parsons and Smith, few high school seniors remain on Penn State’s recruiting target board. Count 4-star receiver Solomon Enis among them.
The North Canyon (Phoenix, Ariz.) High School standout will return to Happy Valley during the weekend of Nov. 17-19, according to Sean Fitz of 247Sports, when the Nittany Lions host Nebraska. It’s the final home game for Penn State this season, and also will include an official visit from Oweh.
Enis, the son of former Nittany Lions running back Curtis Enis, is considered a top-50 receiver and top-300 prospect in composite rankings. He most recently traveled to campus April 22 for Penn State’s spring game.
— Solomon (@SolomonEnis) April 23, 2017
This summer, multiple media outlets reported Enis intended to return to Penn State for a Sept. 30 game vs. Indiana. Although that didn’t come to fruition, he now will take one more long look at the university before reaching a decision.
His recruitment features significant Pac-12 interest, including Arizona State, USC and Utah. Enis has enjoyed an outstanding prep career.
Since the start of the 2016 season, his statistical totals are highlighted by 1,964 receiving yards, 768 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. Along the way, Enis collected 110 catches and earned an invitation to The Opening earlier this year.
He joined Nittany Lions commits Justin Shorter and Ricky Slade at The Opening, where they helped lead their 7-on-7 team to a tournament championship. Shorter is one of three receivers presently pledged to Penn State, along with Anderson-Butts and Daniel George.
James Franklin carries 22 commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, with limited scholarships remaining as a series of decision dates approach. Despite a lack of proximity and a sizable gap since Enis’ most recent visit, family ties are part of the equation.
“The people around town were nice, the fans were amazing and the coaches were just great to us,” he told Blair Angulo of Scout.com following the spring game visit. “We were walking around and [my dad’s] name was on the board of All-Americans, so that was great to see all the hard work he put in to be shown at a university like Penn State.”
This scheduled official visit confirms reciprocated interest remains in place between Enis and the Nittany Lions. Watch his senior-season highlights here:
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