5-star Pennsylvania recruit Micah Parsons signs with Penn State

Harrisburg's Micah Parsons scores on a long touchdown run against Exeter during their week 11 high school football game. Sean Simmers

Parsons' recruiting odyssey included him giving a verbal commitment to the Lions in February 2016, reopening the process this past April to take more visits and finally inking with Penn State on Wednesday, the first day of the new early signing period. He also took pictures with Eddie George, the former Ohio State running back, and others on ESPN's College GameDay set. The 247Sports Composite Rankings list him as the No. 4 player in the entire cycle, as well as the No. 1 player at both his position and in the state of Pennsylvania.

Parsons, rated as the fourth-best player in the nation according to recruiting services, verbally committed to Penn State as a sophomore.

Unlike Slade and Shorter's recruitments, however, Parsons' went down to the wire.

The five-star defensive end attended the Ohio State-Oklahoma game on September 9 and met with the ESPN College GameDay crew while at the game. That was an NCAA violation, and OSU self-reported it and agreed to stop recruiting Parsons.

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Regardless of the reason, there was a falling out between the Buckeyes and Parsons following the visit. Can the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Parsons fit the bill?

Parsons wasn't the only big signing from a player that wasn't already committed, as four-star wide receiver Jahan Dotson announced he was decommitting from UCLA and signing with Penn State. Like any other major program hosting a Top 10 showdown in primetime, the Buckeyes probably hosted a number of top level recruits that weekend. Oklahoma, Georgia and Nebraska are also candidates for Parsons' signature.

The five-star defensive end won't start with his hand in the dirt.

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