When 2018 five-star defensive end Micah Parsons decommitted from Penn State in April, many industry insiders crystal balled him to Ohio State.
The recruiting process, however, is a fickle mistress. Despite naming his dog Brutus, the Harrisburg, Penn. native has trended back towards the Nittany Lions in recent weeks with the NCAA's new Early Signing Period beginning Wednesday.
Colin Hass-Hill of The Lantern reported Tuesday morning that the Buckeyes agreed to stop recruiting Parsons after self-reported violations that occurred during his Sept. 9th official visit to Ohio State, in which he toured the ESPN College GameDay set and took pictures with the likes of former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George.
Though recruits on official visits are able to speak with former student-athletes of the school they are visiting, they are not allowed to “have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes.”
“As such, a violation of NCAA Bylaws 13.10.1 and 18.104.22.168 occurred, as members of the media may not be present during an institution’s recruiting contact with a prospect and a prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect’s visit to the institution,” Ohio State’s self-violation report said.
As a result of the violations, Hass-Hill reports the university suspended football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger, who led the tour, one game and issued a letter of reprimand. Due to this, the NCAA won't take further action.
Parsons will announce his collegiate decision Wednesday. He will decide among Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, and Nebraska. 96% of industry insiders predict he'll choose the Nittany Lions.