This also isn't the first time Herbstreit has gotten involved with Ohio State recruiting.
This season, Parsons was a standout on both sides of the ball during a season that saw the Cougars climb as high as No. 69 in the High School Football America Top 100 national rankings.
"As such, a violation of NCAA Bylaws 13.10.1 and 18.104.22.168 occurred, as members of the media may not be present during an institution's recruiting contact with a prospect and a prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect's visit to the institution", Ohio State's self-violation report said.
Parsons is the third five-star recruit to commit this winter to the Nittany Lions, and the 21st player overall.
However, Dave Biddle of 247Sports spoke to an Ohio State source that indicated that the NCAA violations are not the reason Urban Meyer and his staff stopped recruiting Parsons. The violations occurred on his official visit to Columbus on September 9th for the Oklahoma game, and stem from violations relating to interactions with ESPN's College GameDay.
"To be crystal clear-I can assure you (Eddie) & I HAD NO IDEA who we took a picture with that day", Herbstreit wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
Even without Parsons' signature, the Buckeyes are still in pretty good shape. Parsons and a few other top recruits who took in the loss to the Sooners called for quarterback J.T. Barrett to be replaced with his backup, whom they had met on the trip. A ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday morning where Parsons is widely expected to sign with Penn State.
Now that Parsons is on board, the question becomes how Penn State will use him. Can the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Parsons fit the bill?
He'll play defense for the Lions, either at defensive end or linebacker, a spot where the Lions are looking thin for 2018.