Colorado State received huge news from the NCAA Monday when tight end Mitch Parsons was granted immediate eligibility after transferring from Vanderbilt.
Parsons returned to his home state of Colorado in January and was likely to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. Parsons filed an appeal with the NCAA shortly after his arrival based on family reasons.
Parsons, who graduated from Chaparral High School in Parker, CO, was the #2 prospect in the state and 7th ranked tight end nationally. He garnered offers from Ole Miss and Cal before committing to former Commodore coach James Franklin. A combination of Coach Franklin leaving for the head coaching job at Penn State and no playing time in two seasons helped motivate Parsons to come back home.
Parsons who measures in at 6' 4" and 245 lbs, will provide an immediate presence for the Rams. He showed prowess as a blocking and receiving threat in high school leading Chaparral to a 5A state playoff berth. Colorado State needed depth at tight end with former All-MW threat Kivon Cartwright continuing to deal with a nagging ankle injury. JUCO transfer Steven Walker played well in his absence, but occasionally disappeared in games.
The addition of Parsons further adds to a threatening receiving corps led by Biletnikoff runner-up and Preseason All-American Rashard Higgins. Parsons will be a Sophomore and have three years to play.
Parsons took to Twitter earlier today to break the news and share his excitement.
I'm finally gonna gonna be able to play football this year The NCAA reversed my appeal Actual tears of joy. It's been so long Thank you God
— mitch parsons (@mitchythekid85) June 1, 2015