Five-Star Defensive End Micah Parsons Discusses Friday Night Lights

By Tim Shoemaker on July 21, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Micah Parsons, a five-star prospect out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is one of the top athletes in the 2018 recruiting class.

He made it a point to showcase his skills at Ohio State's annual Friday Night Lights camp.

Parsons, rated as the nation's No. 5 overall prospect and the No. 1-ranked defensive end, started his evening working with Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson. But when he finished doing that, he switched to the offensive side of the ball and worked out with Ohio State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson.

You could say Parsons was satisfied with the results.

"I started off with some great work with Coach J teaching me more hips and hands and trying to keep my hands tight," Parsons said afterward. "Then I went over with Coach Wilson and got my tight end reps and I felt like they couldn’t cover me, I was hot today. I dropped one or two but it’s OK, everybody has their drops. I felt like for the most part I was consistent with my tight end reps."

This isn't the first time Parsons played both offense and defense at a camp, and he said several schools are recruiting him to play both ways. Ohio State is one of those options, but perhaps not until down the road. For now, he's focused on playing defense first.

“Yeah, that’s something that’s probably going to come later on in my career. I’ve got to get that defensive stuff down first before I can worry about offense because defense is going to get me to that money. I’m trying to focus on there, get better at that and once I excel at that then I can move on probably sophomore or junior year."

Parsons also said he spent a good portion earlier in the day speaking to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and that he plans to take an official visit in the fall back to Columbus, though he's not sure when just yet.

Check out more from Parsons in the video posted above. 

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