Prospect Enthusiastic About Tigers

A heavily recruited lineman has Auburn on his list of finalists.

Ellenwood, Ga.--If Jonathan Palmer was a movie critic, he would give "Weekend In Auburn" an enthusiastic thumbs up review.

The six-foot-five, 312-pounder from Sandy Creek High School says, "My visit was excellent. I love Auburn."

Palmer, who has already visited Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson, has offers for a visit this weekend from Notre Dame, Ohio State and others, but says he has probably seen enough to make a pick. "I hope to have a decision some time in the next week."

Jonathan Palmer is ready to sort out his options for his college pick.

When asked where Auburn stands vs. the other colleges he is considering, the four-year starter on the offensive line says, "It is up there in the top right now.

Palmer, who moves well for a big man with 4.98 speed in the 40, played both ways in high school but says he expects to be on the offensive front in college. He has good strength with a 350-pound bench press and also plays basketball for Sandy Creek along with fellow high school teammate and fellow AU recruit, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill, who was at Georgia Tech this past weekend.

"Nate French was my player host," Palmer says of his weekend on the Plains. "We went to a couple of parties. We went over to his house and played games and watched movies. We toured the school this weekend. I met the assistant dean for the school of engineering and that was excellent. I am interested in computer or electrical engineering."

Palmer is an honor student at Sandy Creek and should have no trouble qualifying. Auburn is looking for offensive linemen to put the finishes touches on the 2002 signee class and the big Georgian would be a nice addition to the group.

"I like the atmosphere and all of the people I met around town on my Auburn visit," he says. "Everybody is nice. I met a lot of the players. They are very close-knit."

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