Jayson Palmgren Will Visit Iowa City

Though it is early in the evaluation process, it will be hard to believe that there is any better offensive line prospect in the state of Missouri in the Class of 2007 than North Kansas City's Jayson Palmgren. Palmgren will be one of the more notable participants at the Scout.com All-American Combine in Iowa City, Iowa on April 22nd.

"Right now, I have offers from Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri," Palmgren stated. "Other than that, Clemson and Auburn have told my coach I'd have an offer if I made a visit down there as they want to make sure I have interest in their programs. Notre Dame invited me to their spring game, and Michigan State has been sending me a lot of mail."

Palmgren has made unofficial visits to each of the four programs he has visited, and he offered Scout.com his thoughts on each school.

Iowa: "They make average players, great players. Their strength and conditioning coach is suppose to be the best in the country, and their fans are awesome. I went to their games against Michigan and Minnesota last fall, and you couldn't even hear the person next to you."

Kansas: "I took a visit with my teammate, Stephen Franklin, to their basketball game against Colorado. I sat down with their offensive line coach (John Reagan) who was a good guy. He didn't just sell me on Kansas, but instead, actually had a conversation with me. I was headed out to Hawaii the next week, and he asked where I was going. I told him, Maui, and he told me that is where he got married and told me a lot of places to go."

Kansas State: "I really like their coaching staff as they bring a lot of excitement. When their strength and conditioning coach met me, it was cool just to see how pumped he was. They landed a good quarterback in Josh Freeman last year, and Coach (Ron) Prince sent lineman onto the NFL when he was at Virginia."

Missouri: "My good friend, (defensive end) Tarell Corby, plays there, and I think they have a bright future. The coaches are straight forward with you, and tell you how it is like having to wake up at 5 a.m. to go workout. Missouri was the first college football game I ever attended."

Don't be surprised to see Palmgren's stock soar during the May evaluation period and into the summer.

"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."


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