If there is a college football season this fall, Penn State could play it without All-American linebacker Micah Parsons.

Yahoo Sports reported on Tuesday night that the junior from Harrisburg is expected to opt-out of the 2020 season and declare for the NFL Draft via an announcement on Wednesday.

“Penn State had a team meeting Tuesday night, and multiple people close to the program are expecting him to leave barring a last-minute change of heart,” Yahoo’s Eric Eldholm writes.

Multiple media NFL mock drafts list Parsons as a first-round pick, and he was widely expected to declare following the 2020 season.

Health and safety concerns tied to the coronavirus pandemic have apparently sped up that process, though, as the decision, if it comes as expected, will be made before the Lions open camp this coming Friday.

A former five-star recruit, Parsons moved from defensive end to linebacker when he arrived in State College and led the Lions in tackles during both 2018 and 2019 seasons, the latter of which marked his first year as a starter.

NFL rules say that any player who is three years removed from high school can enter the Draft, which is why Parsons will be eligible to do so despite not playing a third season in blue and white, assuming he indeed follows through on opting out.

He also won’t be alone in doing that: Minnesota star receiver Rashod Bateman did the same on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, while Virginia Tech corner Caleb Farley did so as well last week. Other sure-fire first-round picks are expected to join them in the coming days and weeks, as well, though Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields did tell reporters on Tuesday that he hasn’t thought about doing so.

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