Ohio State Pitching 5-Star DE Micah Parsons On Potentially Being ‘Better Than Joey Bosa’

    Ohio State is pitching 5-star defensive end and Penn State commit Micah Parsons on the idea he could be better than former Buckeyes star Joey Bosa.

    February 27, 2017

    Ohio State is pitching 5-star defensive end and Penn State commit Micah Parsons on the idea he could be better than former Buckeyes star Joey Bosa. 


    This past season yielded a few upsets, but few were as important as when Penn State topped Ohio State, 24-21, on Oct. 22. It shook up both the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff race.

    Now, the Buckeyes are eyeing for a bit of revenge on the recruiting trail.

    Five-star prospect Micah Parsons has been committed to the Nittany Lions since Feb. 27, 2016, but he’s currently spending time visiting other programs, and recently made the trip to Columbus to see Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes.

    He had a chance to connect with defensive line coach Larry Johnson and breach subjects that run deeper than the gridiron.

    “I went to Ohio State a few weekends ago. I mainly sat down and talked with coach Larry Johnson. We talked about life more than just football. That kind of stuff means a lot because football doesn’t last forever,” Parsons said.

    At 6-foot-3, 236 lbs Parsons is ranked as the No. 2 defensive end and No. 3 overall player in the CI 25 player rankings. He’s tremendously talented off the edge and can impact games as a 4-3 defensive end or standing up as a 3-4 JACK linebacker.

    Johnson has apparently been pitching Parsons on the idea he could develop the 5-star recruit similarly to how he developed a former Buckeye and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    “He also talked about how he could develop me and how he developed Joey Bosa,” Parsons said. “Coach Johnson wants to develop me in the same sort of way but he thinks I could be better than Joey Bosa and be one of those top tier guys.”

    Parsons has been firmly committed to Penn State for awhile, and that hasn’t changed despite less frequent communication with the Nittany Lions’ staff.

    But if Ohio State can pull off the upset and flip the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native, he’ll be the latest elite edge rusher to join the Buckeyes. In the 2016 class, Ohio State signed Joey Bosa’s younger brother, Nick, as well as Jonathon Cooper. Both were 5-star players.

    In this past cycle, the Buckeyes landed 5-star defensive end Chase Young.

    Adding Parsons to the mix would supply them with a deep, talented group of pass rushers to continuously rotate.

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