Penn State Football and James Franklin might not have a better pitch man than Micah Parsons as several top defensive prospects hailing from the keystone state near their official commitments.
Parsons, a former five-star defensive end from Harrisburg High School who eventually became a First-Team All-American linebacker two years after arriving in Happy Valley, offered a ringing endorsement of the Nittany Lions and Franklin’s ability to develop NFL talent just before the Dallas Cowboys selected him No. 11 overall last spring.
“If you’re from Pennsylvania and you don’t go to Pen State, LBU, to play for Coach Franklin, you my friend are crazy,” Parsons said on the night of the 2021 NFL Draft. “My dreams, my vision all came true under hard work and under Coach Franklin’s vision. So if I were you, I’d come here too.”
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As a rookie, Parsons took home Defensive Rookie of The Year honors, and was in the conversation as Defensive Player of The Year, after producing 84 total tackles and 13 sacks.
Will Parsons be the closer Franklin needs to land the Nittany Lions even more elite talent on defense this cycle?
Parsons isn’t the only success-story on the defensive side of the ball that Penn State Football and Franklin have authored in recent years.
Safety JaQuan Brisker was chosen No. 48 overall, in Round 2 of this spring’s NFL Draft.
Perhaps playing up Parsons’ comments as an endorsement of what is possible for players entering the program could push the Lions even higher up the rankings this summer.
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