Micah Parsons is heading into his sophomore season at Central Dauphin High in Harrisburg, Pa.
But the defensive end/linebacker already well known for his outstanding speed nearly put that skill to use on the recruiting front, too. Parsons made the drive up Route 322 to State College Friday, so he could camp at Penn State that evening and then attend the Lasch Bash recruiting event Saturday.
Saturday night, Parsons told FOS recruiting contributor Patrick Loney that he wanted to commit to James Franklin's program
The visit went great, Parsons said via text.
What made the visit great?
Everything, man, I fell in love with it, Parson wrote. Penn State is my favorite. I've thought about committing. My mom gave me the OK, but my dad is iffy. My plan was to commit earlier today.
While Franklin and his staff would no doubt have loved a commitment from the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder (see video of him at camp above if you are wondering why), it's hard to blame dad for putting the brakes on a commitment.
As NCAA rules stand, Parsons won't be able to sign with a college program until February of 2018. So whenever he commits to PSU -- and that sure seems like a forgone conclusion now -- there figures to be a significant wait until it becomes official.
According to the Scout.com database, only eight Class of 2018 prospects have committed to major-college programs. Oddly enough, four of them are to Miami, which is coached by former Nittany Lion tight end Al Golden.
The odds of Golden -- who many believe is on the proverbial hot seat -- still being with the Hurricanes three years from now? Apparently four young men think they are pretty good.