Early news and notes from The Opening Regional: 4-star hearing most from PSU, Micah Parsons talks Lions, more
Harrisburg High five-star end Micah Parsons at The Opening Regional at the New York Jets’ facilities in Florham Park, N.J.
Florham Park, N.J. — Some early news and notes from the pre-competition session at The Opening Regional here at the New York Jets training facilities:
–Five-star defensive end Micah Parsons, from Harrisburg High, caught passes early on during Elite 11 quarterback testing and will work out at linebacker during the afternoon competition session. He said PSU is still in play despite the going-rate indicating that a prospect won’t re-commit to a school he decommitted from, adding that he wants to see many schools this summer and plans to decide in January or February.
–Four-star Imhotep Charter safety Isheem Young also wants to see many programs, and he gave a big thumbs up to his recent trip to Penn State for the Blue-White game. He said he could decide before the season, and pointed to the Lions message of needing him, not merely wanting him, as one reason they are standing out.
–Another recent Blue-White game visitor, four-star receiver Jahan Dotson, said the trip gave him a chance to see what the program had to offer away from the field, specifically in the academic departments, and he came away impressed. Big Ten heavy-hitters Michigan and Ohio State join the Lions as the three schools talking to him most right now, and he’ll see the Wolverines in May.
–A story from 247Sports’ last week indicated that Notre Dame was showing renewed interest in four-star Andover, Mass., Penn State tight end commit Pat Freiermuth but he said here on Sunday that he’s locked into PSU and made that clear to other schools. Same goes for a good friend of his and fellow Lions Class of 2018 pledge, four-star Camp Hill talent Zack Kuntz.
A rep for Penn State four-star Class of 2018 commit @zackkuntz_717 at The Opening NY/NJ. pic.twitter.com/K4Y5JVurgq
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) April 30, 2017
–Justin Shorter is big at 6-foot-5, and it’s a legit measurement, and he is weighing in at about 220 pounds. He runs in the low 4.5 second 40-yard dash, and his with his speed and size, it’s no wonder so many schools were after him before the Lions reeled him in last August.
Stay tuned for more in our live updates post as the afternoon unfolds, and complete coverage on Sunday night: