Friday Night Lights

Micah Parsons of Harrisburg High School (Pa.) practices during Friday Night Lights camp in June at Memorial Stadium.


Even on the biggest recruiting weekend of the year in Lincoln, Micah Parsons will likely standout.

The five-star 2018 defensive end from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is making his official visit with his parents, as are several other high-profile commitments and targets. 

Parsons' father, Terrence, told the Journal Star he’s not sure if Parsons will use all five of his official visits or if Parsons will end up enrolling early at whichever school he chooses.

Micah, rated the No. 4 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports/Scout and No. 7  by ESPN, used his first official visit to Ohio State on Sept. 9, when the Buckeyes lost to Oklahoma, 31-16. Last weekend, unofficially visted Penn State, which beat Indiana, 45-14. That short, 90-mile trip to State College was an unofficial visit. Parsons at one point was committed to the Nittany Lions, but reopened his recruitment in in April. 

After this weekend’s visit to Lincoln, nothing is set in stone.

“I’m not sure. Most of our games are on Saturday, so it’s kind of hard,” Terrence said. “They don’t want him to miss a game or even a practice, but they’re cool with him missing a practice. It’d be nice to see three more schools, but I’m not sure if we’re going to have to.”

Micah, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, stars for Harrisburg High, which plays Friday night and then has three of its final four regular-season games – Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 – on Saturdays. 

The Parsons recently told Land of 10 that they would try to visit Georgia around that schedule. Micah also recently indicated he will soon release a list of his top four schools. 

Micah came to Lincoln in June for the Huskers' Friday Night Lights event, but this will be his parents' first trip. 

Terrence also said there’s still consideration around whether his son will enroll in a college for the spring semester.

“We’re still looking at everything, but it might be a little bit of a push for him and I’m not sure if we want to put that pressure on him,” he said.

Parsons will be among more a big group of highly touted prospects visiting for the 7 p.m. kickoff against No. 9 Wisconsin. Also expected: 2018 verbal commitments like cornerbacks Brenden Radley-Hiles and Chase Williams, wide receiver Joshua Moore and several uncommitted prospects.

Look for more from Terrence Parsons and on Nebraska’s recruiting weekend in Friday’s Journal Star.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars (247 Sports composite)
Joshua Moore WR 6'1" 168 Yoakum, Texas ****
Mario Goodrich ATH 6'2" 180 Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West) ****
Cameron Jurgens ATH 6'4" 245 Beatrice ****
Brendan Radley-Hiles DB 5'9" 176 Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) ****
Chase Williams CB 6'1" 175 Corona, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt) ****
Cameron Brown WR 6'1" 175 St. Louis (Christian Brothers) ****
Will Farniok OL 6'3" 260 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington) ***
Masry Mapieu DT 6'5" 300 York ***
Tate Wildeman DE 6'6" 245 Parker, Colo. (Legend) ***
Barret Pickering K 6'0" 185 Hoover, Ala. NA
David Alston DE/OLB 6'5" 225 Woodbury, Minn. ***

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Sports writer

Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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