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Ohio State 5-star target Micah Parsons decommits from Penn State

The Buckeyes are back into the fray for the 2018 No. 1 WDE.

Micah Parsons

Parsons’ decommitment

It seemed like five-star weak-side defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA / Harrisburg) was headed to Penn State. However, a tweet made by Parsons in the late hours on Sunday announced that the No. 1 WDE in the 2018 class was reopening his recruitment.

While the 247sports Crystal Ball Predictions are split between the Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes, there are other programs in the hunt for the Harrisburg prospect. SEC powers Alabama and Georgia are in the pursuit to lure Parsons, as are the defending national champions, the Clemson Tigers.

As more news develops on where Parsons will ultimately end up taking his talents, stick with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.

The Opening DC

The camp circuit was back at it over the weekend. Well over 200 prospects flocked to Washington, DC on Sunday for a chance to get selected to participate in The Opening.

While a long list of recruits strutted their stuff during the regional event in DC, only four were picked to attend the annual camp held on the grounds of the Nike headquarters in Oregon each summer.

One of the prospects to receive an opportunity to fly out west to go up against other elite recruits was Ohio State verbal commit Taron Vincent.

Taking on solid talent all day, the 6-foot-2, 285-pound IMG Academy (FL) product showed why his name is always mentioned when it comes to standout defensive lineman in the class of 2018.

On hand in DC, 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong caught the following footage of Vincent in action.

Taron isn’t the first Ohio State commit picked by The Opening scouts. The five-star rated son of former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent, joins fellow future Buckeye running back Jaelen Gill of Westerville South and St. John Bosco (CA) defensive back Jaiden Woodbey as current OSU pledges pegged for Oregon.

Buckeyes offer 2018 OL

Always searching the recruiting trail for top talent to add to the Ohio State roster, the Buckeyes coaching staff dished out a scholarship offer to one of the most sought after offensive lineman in the class of 2018 on Friday afternoon.

Announcing his opportunity with Ohio State via his Twitter page, four-star guard Trey Hill adds the Buckeyes to an already impressive list of scholarships. Schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia are among some of the over 20 programs Urban Meyer and crew now find themselves up against for the 6-foot-3, 346-pounder from Warner Robins, Ga.

A U.S. Army All-American selection, Hill, who helped pave the way to Houston County High School averaging nearly 520 yards a contest last season as a junior, is currently the second offensive guard, and 31st overall prospect in the class of 2018, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Quick Hits

  • Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball coaching staff reportedly played host to 2017 four-star Edwardsville (IL) guard Mark Smith over the weekend. Officially visiting OSU just days after being on the University of Illinois campus, the 6-foot-5 Smith is also considering the Spartans of Michigan State.
  • After recently visiting Columbus, three-star class of 2018 cornerback Tre Douglas announced his top seven on Saturday. Douglas, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound standout from Eagles Landing Christian Academy (GA), has Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Stanford, LSU, Clemson and Florida State on top for his services at the moment.