Palmer Ready to Compete

The argument could be made that no other Clemson signee has worked harder this spring and summer to prepare for his college career than tight end Michael Palmer. caught up with Palmer, just days before his arrival on campus to get the latest on his goals and summer workout schedule.

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Former Parkview (Ga.) standout Michael Palmer may not be as highly publicized as some of the other signees in the 2006 recruiting class, but he has been working hard the last couple of months trying to prove himself.

"My workouts have gone really good, Palmer told in a recent interview. "I am getting a lot bigger. I have put on about 30 pounds since February. Right now I am already up to about 250 pounds."

Like most of the incoming freshman class, Palmer will be heading up to Clemson later this week. "I will be going up there on Wednesday," he said. "I'm rooming with Jamie Cumbie this summer so it should be good."

What is Palmer looking forward to the most about getting to Clemson? "I can't wait to run down the hill," replied Palmer. "I want to be playing this year. I don't want to red-shirt. I want to contribute to the team."

The Clemson staff is helping the cause by telling Palmer to be ready to compete for some early playing time.

"They are just telling me to get ready. They tell me I have a shot to be playing. I want to do everything I can to be ready," he said. "I am just going to keep working out and running."

Palmer caught 21 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns as a senior at one of the top high school programs in the nation – Parkview. For his efforts, he was named to the First-Team All-State team in Class 5A by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He chose the Tigers over an offer from Virginia.

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