Lineman Says the Tigers Are His Leader

Auburn is looking for offensive linemen as signing day approaches. One of the prime targets is very interested.

Ellenwood, Ga.--Big offensive lineman Jonathan Palmer says that Auburn is his leader as he gets ready to pick his college.

The 6-5, 312-pounder with 4.98 40-speed says, "I am leaning toward Auburn right now. I like the coaches at Auburn and it is a good opportunity for playing time."

Jonathan Palmer

The lineman from Cedar Grove High says he also likes Auburn's engineering program. Georgia Tech, which was running neck and neck with the Tigers, is not among his final three picks. "I am also considering Clemson and North Carolina," Palmer says.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was in the Palmer home on Monday night for a visit along with offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino, offensive line coach Hugh Nall and running backs coach Eddie Gran. Gran recruits that area for the Tigers and is also recruiting Palmer's teammate, 6-8, 315, 5.05 offensive tackle Marcus McNeill.

Palmer says he expects to be ready to announce his decision on Monday night.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Palmer is an honor student who plays the saxophone and piano in addition to basketball. He plays basketball with McNeill and the two have talked about playing together in college, although that is not a given they will both go to the same school...Palmer also played defense in high school and some colleges recruited him for that side of the ball, but he expects to be an offensive player as a collegian.

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