It's All Academic From Here

This talented offensive lineman will visit Auburn this weekend in hopes of finding what he's looking for both in the city and in the classroom.

Ellenwood, Ga.--For offensive lineman Jonathan Palmer and family, the recruiting process has been one of good times but also tiring days and nights.

That looks to be close to an end though. According to his father, Roy Palmer, he hopes to make a decision soon after making his visit to Auburn this coming weekend.

"We're just a little tired," he told Inside The Auburn Tigers Thursday night. "We're going to sit down when we return from Auburn and hope to have a decision by Monday or Tuesday."

That will be good news for some lucky team, but for many others it will the case of the one that got away. At 6-6, 312 pounds with 4.98 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 350-pound bench press, Palmer has all the tools to make a big splash on the next level. Making him even more attractive is his academic profile. A stellar student with a 3.7 grade point average and a 1030 on the SAT, Palmer is hoping to major in engineering in college and that means a trip to Auburn is in order before his visits are complete.

"Auburn has a good tradition in football," his father says. "But we're also very interested in the academic side of Auburn. We told the other schools that we're not going to make a decision until we visit Auburn…Auburn is in the top four right now along with Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. They're in the pack because of their engineering program."

A four-year starter on the offensive line, Palmer is being recruited by some to play defense, but most agree his future is on offense. While he has narrowed his choices down to four, it hasn't stopped other schools from visiting the small Georgia town in hopes of getting a visit out of the talented Palmer.

"He's being recruited nationally right now," Roy Palmer said. "We've had coaches from Clemson and North Carolina in here today and the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame have been in the last few days trying to get a visit out of Jonathan."

Tiger Ticket Extra: A student-athlete in every sense of the word, Palmer makes it a point to mention his academic interests in a school as well as the athletic interests. His father says that although North Carolina doesn't have a full engineering program, they do have some computer engineering majors. They are trying to pursuade the young Palmer to give them a long look before deciding to go elsewhere…Along with fellow standout lineman Marcus McNeil, Palmer comprises what has to be easily the largest front court in Georgia high school basketball. With Palmer at 6-6, 312 and McNeil at 6-8, 316, opponents would be very wise to spend their time shooting long jump shots instead of taking it to the basket...Tommy Tuberville, Eddie Gran, Hugh Nall, Joe Whitt, Don Dunn, Greg and Terry Price made an in-home visit on Thursday evening at the McNeill house.

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