Palmgren Pleased

Kansas City (Mo.) North offensive lineman Jayson Palmgren (6-2, 290) came away very impressed with what he found last week on his unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas and has plans to return in the future.

Kansas City (Mo.) North offensive lineman Jayson Palmgren has taken six unofficial visits so far, but the last one made the biggest impression on him.

That was to the University Arkansas, a place Palmgren (6-2, 290) took in last week and left high on the Razorbacks.

"It went very, very good," Palmgren said. "I loved the weight room. It was awesome. I also really like the coaches and I know they need offensive lineman a lot since they have so many seniors."

Palmgren, who already has plans to be back for the Arkansas-USC game Sept. 2 in Fayetteville, has also visited Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa.

"But Arkansas made the biggest impression on me so far and a big part of that was because I was the only one there that day and got so much attention," Palmgren said. "Another thing was that the showed me the academic center and had a professor sit down and talk to me about my future. None of the others took the time to do that and that really has me high on them for both academics and the football team."

Palmgren bench presses 350 and squats 520, ran a 5.34 in the 40-yard dash, had a shuttle of 5.13 and a vertical jump of 23 inches at the combine in Iowa City

"I think my biggest strengths are that I can lock onto a guy and really move him out of there," Palmgren said. "Arkansas' coaches said that's what they are looking for."

He only has plans to go to one camp this summer.

"I'm going to go to Mizzou's," Palmgren said. "But I am definitely coming back to visit Arkansas as well. I will be definitely be down there to see Arkansas and USC. Arkansas is up there at the top of my list right now."

Arkansas has a commitment from Monticello center Seth Oxner (6-2, 290) and is working hard to land a pledge from Scout five-star offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295), one of the top players in the country.

Ziemba has called Palmgren to talk about recruiting.

"He said he really liked Arkansas and was really considering them hard," Palmgren said. "The rest we just kind of talked about football. He seems like a great guy and I know he is a great lineman."

Palmgren's North team finished 5-5 last season in Missouri's largest classification, but were a junior-dominated team and the Hornets are expected to be one of the better squads in the state this season.

"I am just going to working this summer and do a lot of weight lifting to get stronger," Palmgren said.

Seems like North head coach Chad Valadez thinks he's pretty good already.

"He is the most physical, run-blocking offensive lineman I've ever been around on the high school level," Valadez told "He is a great finisher. He has the ability to get to the 2nd and 3rd levels after containing the edge, and he really finishes blocks well on linebackers and safeties. He has great feet."

Asked whether he had plans to commit to a program before, during or after the season, Palmgren had a simple answer.

"I'm just not really sure yet," Palmgren said. "I'll just do it when it feels right."

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