Harrisburg's Micah Parsons picks Penn State, not Ohio State, after College GameDay issue

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Micah Parsons added a little drama to the Early Signing Day.

Harrisburg High School defensive end Micah Parsons dons a Penn State hat announcing his intentions to attend the school during the NCAA college football early signing period, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/PennLive.com via AP)

The nation's top uncommitted prospect chose Penn State over Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama and Nebraska on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20.

The five-star defensive end and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native is the No. 4 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. He is now part of a PSU recruiting class that is ranked No. 4 in the nation by 247Sports.com.

Parsons penned a piece for PennLive.com.

"The long recruiting journey is over, and it's official — I'm going to play college football for Penn State University.

"I've met some great people as I've traveled the country, and it was a difficult decision, but there's no place like home.

"I'm really looking forward to this next stage of my life, but I can't overlook where I came from and my journey to this point.

"I've always wanted to be great in every aspect of my life, and for people to know where I'm from.

"I'm from Harrisburg!"

ESPN controversy: Parsons journey got even more attention over the past few days after it was reported Ohio State was no longer recruiting Parsons because of self-reported violations.

The five-star defensive end attended the Ohio State-Oklahoma game on Sept. 9 and met with the ESPN College GameDay crew while at the game.

A picture of Parsons on the GameDay set with Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, celebrity guest picker Eddie Georgie and analyst Lee Corso was taken and tweeted out.

That is against NCAA rules.

PSU class: In all, PSU landed 21 signed commitments on Wednesday. One other recruit, Shaquon Anderson-Butts, remains a verbal commitment, but has not yet signed. Anderson-Butts is considered an athlete and was Parsons' teammate at Harrisburg High. 

Penn State got a surprise commit Wednesday from four-star wide receiver Jahan Dotson, a long-time UCLA commit.

Dotson, a wide receiver out of Nazareth, chose Penn State after UCLA fired coach Jim Mora and brought in Chip Kelly.

Parsons was the third five-star commitment of the day for coach James Franklin, who also signed New Jersey wide receiver Justin Shorter and Virginia running back Ricky Slade.

The overall team recruiting rankings, according to the composite rankings of 247Sports.com, are: 1. Ohio State. 2. Georgia. 3. Texas. 4. Penn State. 5. Alabama. 6. Miami. 7. Clemson. 8. Notre Dame. 9. Oklahoma. 10. Auburn.

Penn State football’s 2018 recruiting class

Signed Players

Micah Parsons LB/DE 6-3 235 Harrisburg (Pa.)

Jahan Dotson WR 5-11 165 Nazareth (Pa.)

Nanu Asiedu OT 6-6 265 North Stafford (Va.)

Judge Culpepper DE 6-5 255 Plant Senior (Fla.)

Bryce Effner OT 6-5 275 Metea Valley (Ill.)

Patrick Freiermuth TE 6-5 230 Brooks School (Mass.)

Daniel George WR 6-1 200 Oxon Hill (Md.)

Trent Gordon CB 5-11 172 Manuel (Texas)

Aeneas Hawkins DT 6-3 265 Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)

Isaiah Humphries S 5-11 185 Sachse (Texas)

Charlie Katshir LB 6-3 195 Cumberland Valley (Pa.)

Zach Kuntz TE 6-7 215 Camp Hill (Pa.)

Will Levis QB 6-4 222 Xavier (Conn.)

Jesse Luketa LB 6-3 220 Mercyhurst Prep (Pa.)

Jordan Miner CB 6-1 180 Wiregrass Ranch (Fla.)

P.J. Mustipher DT 6-4 272 McDonogh School (Md.)

Jake Pinegar K 6-1 193 Ankeny Centennial (Iowa)

Fredrick “Juice” Scruggs OL 6-3 265 Cathedral Prep (Pa.)

Justin Shorter WR 6-3 205 South Brunswick (N.J.)

Ricky Slade RB 5-10 190 C.D. Hylton (Va.)

Nick Tarburton LB 6-4 240 Pennridge (Pa.)

Verbal Commitment

Shaquon Anderson-Butts WR 6-0 ½ 200 Harrisburg (Pa.)

Other wire services contributed to this report.