2002 Profile: OL Jonathan Palmer

The Tigers will still need to bring in one more offensive lineman to complete the 2002 recruiting class. One of the top prospects still deciding is OL Jonathan Palmer out of Ellenwood, GA.

Palmer has been a four-year starter at both the defensive tackle and offensive guard positions in high school. He's been described as one of the most physically impressive athletes in the state of Georgia, and with good reason- he's huge.

As a senior, he registered 20 tackles and three sacks and he also plays a little center and power forward on the basketball team.

Palmer (6'5,300) is interested in studying computer or electrical engineering and is fully qualified with a 3.67 GPA and 1030 SAT. He also runs a 5.0 40-yard dash, can bench press 350 lbs and a squat 500.

Make no mistake, those are some impressive numbers for a guy still in high school. Palmer says that while he played both ways in high school, most schools are recruiting him as an offensive lineman.

He has already visited Georgia Tech and North Carolina, and was in Clemson on Monday to discover the Tigers for himself. We received word from two sources Wednesday night that Palmer loved his trip to Clemson and that the Tigers are in a great position to land him. He is also considering Auburn and North Carolina.

According to Palmer's father, they have put together a recruiting board to keep track of all the college information they gather from his official visits. The board includes criteria such as each school's facilities, community, education, early playing time, scholarship distribution, proximity to home and the treatment of the athletes on and off the field.

After each visit the family returns home and discusses the prospective school and puts all the information on the board. After all the visits are finished they intend to sit down, review the board and make a decision.

His father indicated that early playing time is very important and that Clemson told him they will play two true freshmen next year.

He is expected to go to Auburn this weekend and has also been offered by South Carolina, although the Gamecocks have officially been crossed off his list.

Palmer intends to make a final decsion on the 28th or 29th of this month after his final visit to Auburn. We'll have more for you as we receive more information.

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