So what does a five-star defensive end recruit do for fun during summer vacation?
In the case of Penn State commit and Central Dauphin (Pa.) High product Micah Parsons, he decided to attend the Nittany Lions’ Elite Camp Friday Night. And just to make things interesting, he signed up as a … wide receiver.
So there was the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Class of 2018 standout going through drills with a group of pass catchers who were all significantly smaller. To say Parsons looked out of place while standing around with the players at the position would be an understatement.
Then the action started.
The athletic Parsons looked right at home among the receivers in testing. While we don’t have the numbers, he was quick in the pro agility drill and appeared to uncork a triple broad jump of close to 30 feet.
In one-on-ones, he proved to be the best receiver on the field. This despite the fact that by his own admission, he only knew how to run one route — a go. Penn State receivers coach Josh Gattis pulled Parsons aside a few times to give him pointers.
Parsons ended up going head to head with big Philadelphia Simon Gratz DB Kenny Bennett (who holds a Maryland offer and is getting a long look from the Lions) on multiple reps.
And the two really got after one another.
Who got the upper hand? Well, you can take a look at the video above and see for yourself. But let’s just say the Central Dauphin coaching staff’s decision to use Parsons as a DE and X receiver in the 2016 season is looking like a very good idea.