In the Class of 2007, offensive lineman Jayson Palmgren looks to be yet another one of the more highly recruited prospects, not only in Kansas City, but the entire state of Missouri.
"He is the most physical, run-blocking offensive lineman I've ever been around on the high school level," said head coach Chad Valadez. "He is a great finisher. He has the ability to get to the 2nd and 3rd levels after containing the edge, and he really finishes blocks well on linebackers and safeties. He has great feet."
That is a high compliment paid by Coach Valadez, which was fleshed out on November 28th when the Iowa Hawkeyes got in early on Palmgren.
"Iowa was the first school to offer," said Palmgren, who only recently turned 16. "I made an unofficial visit up there for their game against Michigan, and they paid me a lot of attention. That is when they were able to get more of my film and made the decision to offer. I really like their (Kinnick) stadium, and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz was an offensive line coach in the NFL. They also have a great weight room, and one of the best conditioning programs in the country."
Palmgren, along with several of the Midwest's top prospects, will attend Iowa's Junior Day this Saturday where he will watch the Hawkeyes host Michigan in basketball. Michigan was also in Iowa City back in February of 2004 when Iowa hosted its junior day, and Dan Doering took in the action.
Palmgren received his second offer from Missouri shortly thereafter and says Missouri is also a team he is greatly impressed with thus far.
"Coach (Andy) Hill is the one recruiting me from Missouri, and I really like him. I also like their stadium a lot as it is a horseshoe type, and it's pretty cool with the rocks outside that have a big "M" carved inside. It's also pretty neat how the cannon shoots every time they score. Tarell (Corby) told me he is really happy there so I know it's a good situation. They ran the ball a lot more at Missouri this year and they have a lot of good backs," Palmgren explained.
Palmgren will be attended Junior Day at Missouri on Febuary 12th. He also considering making an unofficial visit to Clemson on March 4th and has received some interest from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
"My plan right now is to wait and take my official visits next fall before making a decision. I don't anticipate making a decision this spring or summer," Palmgren concluded.
With that being said, expect his number of offers to increase as the days grow warmer and longer.