Five-star defensive end Micah Parsons had a list of six finalists in his recruitment, but it looks like one school has taken themselves out of the running for him right before he’s set to commit during the early signing period. Ohio State was one of those six and they have recused themselves due to a self-reported recruiting violation according to PennLive.com.
The Buckeyes self-reported a recruiting violation on Sept. 26 and a public records request indicated that the violation was “result of improper contact that happened during the recruit’s visit to the set of ESPN’s College GameDay at The Oval prior to the Buckeyes’ game against Oklahoma.” However, the actual violation occurred on Sept. 9 when that game took place.
While it would have been fine for Parsons to meet with Kirk Herbstreit and Eddie George — both of whom are alumni — it was not alright for him to meet with the rest of the crew since they do not represent the university he was visiting. He also took this picture on set with the other crew members so there’s really no way around this violation.
This leaves Alabama, Penn State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Georgia as the schools left recruiting him before his major commitment. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end out of Pennsylvania is ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2018, the top recruit in the state and the top-ranked weakside defensive end in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.