5-star Pennsylvania recruit Micah Parsons signs with Penn State

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The third Wednesday in December now features the big parties, lots of smiles and high fives here and across the country, and an eye toward the next season as head coach James Franklin and Penn State welcomed 21 new members into the program in the recruiting Class of 2018.

When Parsons was on an official visit to Ohio State on September 9, he took a picture with Herbstreit, who was in town to work the game for ESPN and ABC.

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, prospect was then linked to Alabama and eventually Ohio State, before abruptly seeing his recruitment end with the Buckeyes.

As a result, the Buckeyes had to halt their efforts in recruiting Parsons.

According to the records, [an Ohio State recruiting staffer] 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.

Ohio State's self-violation report said. Another former OSU alum in Eddie George was the guest picker for the day. We're not talking about a vehicle or a paper sack filled with $100 bills here. But he is believed to be the recruit implicated in the report because he was photographed on the College GameDay set.

But yet, the rules are the rules. Following the Buckeyes self-imposed punishments, the NCAA determined "no further action should be taken by the NCAA enforcement staff".

It's unclear if that had any effect on Parsons' final decision, however.

Franklin's class now ranks fourth in the country and second in the Big Ten behind only Ohio State, which now has the top class nationally.