Five-star defensive end Micah Parsons committed to Penn State last February and hasn’t given much thought to the recruiting process.
That changed this weekend when Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Elston extended a scholarship offer.
“They messaged me and he asked me if I was still interested in them and I said, ‘Of course, God, Country, Football,’” said Parsons, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Harrisburg, Pa. “He said, 'Well, you know you have an offer from us, right?' I said, 'Thanks coach, that's great news.' He said he can’t wait to get me up there for a visit.”
Parsons isn’t sure when that trip will occur but he does plan to check out South Bend.
“I'm going to go visit,” he said. “I'm busy in the next couple of weeks because of basketball and stuff.”
Notre Dame first began recruiting Parsons last summer. He’s is excited to meet the new defensive coaches and learn more about how they would use him in Mike Elko’s scheme.
“I think I'm going to do that when I go visit,” he said. “They didn't mention anything specific yet. I think that's more of when I get up there they're going to break it down.”
The commitment to Penn State came early in the recruiting process.
“It’s good football and they have a great tradition and it’s close to home,” Parsons said of his reasons for pledging to the Nittany Lions.
Despite the commitment, Parsons is interested in learning more about Notre Dame.
“I can't really put an exact percentage or number on it yet because I haven’t visited there yet,” he said. “I've just got to see what Notre Dame is all about.”
Last October, Parsons transferred from Central Dauphin to Harrisburg High School. He played tailback and defensive end in leading the Cougars to the state championship game.
Parsons’ teammate at Harrisburg, Shaquon Anderson-Butts, also landed an offer from the Irish last week.