Report: Ohio State Self-Reports Violation in Recruitment of Parsons
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Report: Ohio State Self-Reports Violation in Recruitment of Parsons

December 19, 2017

The recruitment of 5-star defensive end/outside linebacker Micah Parsons‍ has been very interesting over the last two years.

Parsons was a long-time Penn State commit and was actually its first commit for the 2018 recruiting class when he committed back in 2016. After Parsons left the Penn State class last April, his recruitment became wide open. He visited Nebraska over the summer for the Friday Night Lights camp and dazzled the crowd with his athleticism for a kid his size. He also camped at Alabama and Ohio State.

During the season, he took official visits to Nebraska and Oklahoma. He took post-season visits to Penn State (where he is expected to sign) and Georgia this past weekend. However, it is the Sept. 9 weekend visit to Ohio State that has questions surrounding it. According to The Latern, the school newspaper for Ohio State, there was a self-reported recruiting violation involving Parsons that makes him ineligible to play at Ohio State.

From the report:

While on a campus tour led by football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger, the recruit met Herbstreit on the show’s set, took a photo with two College GameDay analysts who are not former Ohio State players — believed to be Corso and Davis — while sitting on-stage, and met George off the set, according to the records. Though recruits on official visits are able to speak with former student-athletes of the school they are visiting, they are not allowed to “have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes.”

“As such, a violation of NCAA Bylaws 13.10.1 and occurred, as members of the media may not be present during an institution’s recruiting contact with a prospect and a prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect’s visit to the institution,” Ohio State’s self-violation report said.

According to the records, Terwilliger allowed the recruit and his parents to enter College GameDay’s production area in front of the set, which is inaccessible to the public. The group was then given credentials by a producer of the show. The action is regarded as an improper benefit by the NCAA, and was self-reported by Ohio State.

According to the report, Terwiliger was suspended one game for his actions related to this event. Parsons will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday with Penn State, Oklahoma or Georgia.

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