Academic troubles and an ACL tear in high school led to Palmer not getting the attention he should have when he graduated in the class of 2012.
"I took a year off to work and rehab my knee," said the 6-foot-9, 305-pound Palmer. "A friend told me about Lackawanna's success. I sent a tape and I got my letter of intent which I signed immediately. I've been here for two years, JUCO isn't as widely known as it should be, but it's a great second chance."
Palmer is the prime example of the ‘second chance' JUCO gives athletes. He has collected a laundry list of offers after last season at Lackawanna. LSU, Ohio State, Baylor, Miami, South Carolina, Penn State, Oregon, Arizona State and ECU have all been competing for his interest.
Although he didn't get the offers out of high school, a lot of schools pursued him – especially ECU. Palmer visited multiple times in high school and has developed a relationship with offensive line coach Brandon Jones.
"Coach Jones and I have a real good relationship," Palmer said. "We talk about regular stuff. He has been a mentor for me since we've known each other for so long. I know the whole staff at ECU. I went to all the camps in high school, I'm very familiar with (head coach) Ruffin McNeill, (running backs coach) John Wiley and (offensive coordinator) Lincoln Riley."
Despite the offers from bigger programs, ECU is still very much in the picture for Palmer. He is visiting campus today, March 21, to watch the start of spring drills. Afterward he will head down to South Carolina for a visit.
As of right now, Palmer hasn't thought of narrowing down his list. He plans of focusing on his grades and spring drills at Lackawanna. After next season is the window for his commitment to a school, once he chooses one he will have two more years of eligibility since he redshirted as a freshman.
Palmer would be a huge addition to ECU's 2015 class – literally.