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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)
David Alston* DE/OLB 6-5 225 Woodbury, Minn. ***
Greg Bell* RB 6-0 200 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western CC) ***
Willie Canty III* OL 6-6 290 Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central) ***
Braxton Clark* CB 6-3 188 Orlando, Florida (Dr. Phillips) ***
Will Farniok* OL 6-3 260 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington) ***
Will Honas* LB 6-2 225 El Dorado, Kan. (Butler CC) ***
Andre Hunt* WR 6-0 175 Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete) ***
Cam'ron Jones* S 6-0 184 Mansfield, Texas ****
Miles Jones* RB 5-9 170 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage) ****
Cameron Jurgens* ATH 6-4 245 Beatrice ****
Katerian Legrone* TE 6-3 230 Atlanta (BEST Academy) ***
Adrian Martinez* QB` 6-2 205 Fresno, California (Clovis West) ****
Justin McGriff* WR 6-6 210 Tampa, Florida (Jefferson ***
Barret Pickering* K 6-0 185 Hoover, Ala. ***
Casey Rogers* DE 6-5 240 Avon, Conn. (Old Farms) ***
C.J. Smith* S 6-3 193 West Palm Beach, Fla. (Oxbridge Academy) ****
Caleb Tannor* OLB 6-3 225 Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Grove) ****
Cam Taylor* ATH/DB 6-0 196 Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing) ***
Maurice Washington* RB 6-1 190 Cedar Hill, Texas (Trinity Christian) ****
Dominick Watt* WR 6-1 200 Hollywood, Fla. (Miramar) ***
Tate Wildeman* DE 6-6 245 Parker, Colo. (Legend) ***
Deontai Williams* S 6-0 170 Ellisville, Mississippi (Jones County JC) ***
Mike Williams* WR 5-10 175 Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) ***
Jaron Woodyard* ATH 5-11 175 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western CC) ***

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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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