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Georgia extended its recruiting reach into Philadelphia in the 2017 class by signing a pair of highly-rated prospects from the area, and now the Bulldogs are looking hard 100 miles to the west for one of the nation's best in defensive end Micah Parsons.
Parsons, a Penn State commit and the No. 2 prospect in the nation, made a weekend visit to Georgia, and it made quite an impression.
"Georgia was amazing," the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Harrisburg (Pa.) High standout said. "The facilities were amazing. Their weight room, the new indoor facilities, the stadium (were amazing). The things that stood out were the hospitality and the way they develop you."
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart was able to pluck four-star running back D'Andre Swift and four-star receiver Mark Webb from the area in the 2017 class. During a meeting with Parsons, he made a strong pitch to bring the nation's top defensive end to Athens.
"Kirby Smart basically said he wants me to come there bad," Parsons said. "He thinks he can develop me the best, and he sees me there being great as a defensive end and outside linebacker."
As Parsons makes visits to schools for the first time, he will be looking at scheduling a return trip. In the case of Georgia, the impressions made put the Bulldogs in position to host Parsons again.
"I will go back," he said. "It was one of the best visits I had, and a school I have interest in."