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Micah Parsons' Father Believes Tweet, Not Violations, Caused Ohio State To Stop Pursuing His Son

Micah Parsons of Penn State poses with his newborn child

Parsons' father disputes the reported reason the Buckeyes stopped recruiting his son.

Earlier today, The Lantern reported that Ohio State agreed to stop recruiting coveted five-star defensive end Micah Parsons due to NCAA violations committed during Parsons' visit to campus on Sept. 9.

The reported violations stemmed from Parsons checking out the College GameDay set and taking photos with Kirk Herbstreit, Eddie George and others before the Buckeyes' game against Oklahoma.

While the original report from The Lantern indicates that OSU agreed to stop recruiting Parsons as part of self-reporting the violations to the NCAA, a new article from the paper features quotes from Parsons' father that contradict that explanation.

Terrence Parsons believes Ohio State made the decision to stop recruiting his son after he sent a tweet that night saying the Buckeyes should make a change at quarterback.

“After the visit, you know, the next day everything seemed strange because our itinerary said we’re supposed to meet with Urban Meyer at the end of our visit,” Terrence Parsons said. “But that never happened. So when that didn’t happen, I was like, I told his mom, I said, ‘Yeah, I don’t think they want our son no more.’”

Terrence Parsons said neither he nor his wife have had contact with anyone from Ohio State since arriving back home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 10 — except for a brief exchange with head coach Urban Meyer.

“I texted them on the 10th, saying thank you and everything. [Defensive line coach] Larry Johnson, he briefly responded. Urban Meyer didn’t respond until that Friday, then he didn’t see my message and said ‘Can I talk later?’ I said, ‘Yeah, what’s good?’ He said, ‘Noon.’ I hit him back around noon. There was no reply or answer and that’s it.”

Five-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman was also critical of the Buckeyes' quarterback play that weekend, and is still being recruited by the program.

Parsons is set to announce his decision tomorrow and sign with his program of choice. Penn State is the favorite to land him.