Versatile Lineman To Visit

Auburn is expected to get a visit from a big offensive lineman this weekend.

Ellenwood, Ga.--Sometimes playing in the shadow of someone 6-8, 316 pounds can make you get lost in the shuffle. That is not the case for big lineman Jonathan Palmer from Cedar Grove High.

Playing alongside standout Marcus McNeill up front, the 6-6, 312-pound Palmer has begun to carve his own name in the recruiting circles after an outstanding senior season. With plenty of schools to choose from, he says that he's looking at just four schools at the moment.

"I'm looking at Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and that's about it," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I don't have a favorite yet". Planning to visit Auburn the weekend of the 25th of January, Palmer says he doesn't know much about the program but is anxious to see what it has in store.

"The coaches (Hugh Nall and Eddie Gran) are telling me some good things about the offensive line and me playing early," Palmer says. "I decided that I would just take a visit. I look at some of their games but I really don't know much about the school."

A very versatile athlete who ran a person best time of 4.98 in the 40-yard dash last fall, the four-year starter has the ability to play just about any position up front on either side of the ball. That was displayed this season as he was a jack-of-all-trades for Cedar Grove.

"I had a good year," he notes. "I played offensive tackle, offensive guard, center and defensive tackle."

With both Palmer and McNeil visiting Auburn, it would only seem natural that the two would try to attend school together. But Palmer says that while it would be nice it's not a concern at the moment.

"I've thought about it," Palmer says. "We might play together, but I don't know right now."

The younger brother of Michael Palmer, who plays linebacker for Georgia Tech, he bench presses 350 pounds and power cleans 280 pounds.

Tiger Ticket Extra: An outstanding student, Palmer should have no problems qualifying with a 3.7 grade point average and a 1030 on the SAT already in hand…There's no question that Cedar Grove's basketball team has one of the most imposing front lines in the Peach State this fall. Both Palmer and McNeill play considerable minutes for Cedar Grove and can handle themselves in the paint...Palmer is on a double recruiting trip to Clemson and North Carolina with the three-day weekend with a Monday school holiday.


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