Ohio State was once considered the favorite to land five-star defensive end recruit Micah Parsons, but a self-reported NCAA violation stemming from time Parsons spent with a handful of ESPN employees may result in the Buckeyes losing him to another school. On Tuesday, Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern reported that the Buckeyes have agreed to stop recruiting Parsons after they self-reported violations to the NCAA on Sept. 29. The violations were the result of improper contact that took place when Parsons was invited onto the set of ESPN’s “College GameDay” during an official visit to campus on Sept. 9. Parsons, who is unnamed in the self-reported violations obtained by The Lantern, posed for photos with former Ohio State quarterback and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, former Ohio State running back and celebrity guest picker Eddie George, “College GameDay” analysts Lee Corso, and host Rece Davis. The photos were later posted on Twitter.
Report: Ohio State forced to stop recruiting top player over invitation to ESPN set
Larry Brown Sports | Dec 19