Focus '08: Nate Palmer

Chicago, Ill., native Nate Palmer has already picked up his first written scholarship offer from Illinois and is looking forward to his senior season after having his junior campaign cut short by an ankle injury.

Nate Palmer currently plays defensive end and tight end for Simeon High, but at 6-foot-3, 230-pounds he probably projects best to strong side linebacker at the collegiate level. After having his season cut short with a broken ankle last year, he'll be looking to build upon a lone Illinois offer at camps and combines over the next few months.

"Illinois offered me a while back and I was actually just down there this weekend for spring practices," Palmer explained. "I liked the pace of how everything was going over there. It was fast paced with a ton of hitting and I like to hit. The school was real nice and the coaches were all down to Earth."

Right now Palmer is hearing from all over the place in recruiting. Schools from the Big Ten, Big Twelve, Big East and Pac Ten have all been in touch, so he is trying to put together a viable travel plan for spring break and beyond.

"I hear from a lot of schools, but I think Nebraska, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa are the ones that stand out the most right now," Palmer said. "I'm going to be visiting some other schools this week during spring break and should get a better idea of where I stand with them after that."

Although he only played in four games as a junior due to a broken ankle, Palmer did finish the season with 30 tackles and seven sacks on the defensive side of the ball. He also caught roughly 20 passes and had a touchdown on offense. He will be participating in the Combine on May 19th in Chicago.

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