The NCAA and big-time college football ventured for the first time into an early signing period for recruits this morning, and Penn State has made the biggest splash in the nation so far.

Harrisburg High School phenom Micah Parsons committed to Penn State, choosing the Nittany Lions over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio State and Alabama during a raucous and (frankly) partisan Penn State crowd during a ceremony in downtown Harrisburg this morning. Parsons is a five-star prospect according to 247sports, which also ranks him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the nation.

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Parsons signed his letter of intent, and he’s the 13th member of the 2018 recruiting class known to have done so on what has been a busy morning for the Nittany Lions. Head coach James Franklin and his staff are expected to now receive letters of intent from 20 players, and that number could rise of receiver Jahan Dotson, a UCLA commit who is expected to announce his decision today, flips to the Nittany Lions, which some believe could be primed to happen. Parsons, himself, decommitted from Penn State earlier in the year to open up his recruitment before circling back to the Nittany Lions when all was said and done.

We’ll have more updates as the day goes along, as well as a full recap of Parsons and the immediate effects of the early signing period in Thursday’s editions of The Times-Tribune, Citizens Voice and all Times Shamrock newspapers.