Ohio Lineman Rates Visit a '9'

Canton (Oh.) Glenoak offensive lineman Ryan Palmer maybe less heralded than his teammate, Michael Hartline, but their is no doubting he's receiving as much recruiting attention of late as his teammate and counterpart.

The University of Kentucky was his first official visit, a surprisingly selection considering Rich Brooks' Wildcats were not listed among his favorites heading into the fall, but a team that very much intrigued the 6-foot-7, 280 pound offensive lineman.

"The trip was excellent," Canton (Oh.) native Ryan Palmer said, "the coaches were great and I'd say the facilities were outstanding."

Palmer is one of the top lineman in the state of Ohio and could be one of the best in the Midwest. He's a three-year varsity starter that had 40 pancake blocks as a guard in 2004. He was named all-league, all-district and all-county as a junior. Athletic, also letters in basketball and track.

"The visit was very well organized and definitely kept me busy from the beginning," Palmer explained. "It seemed like their was not a dead moment from the start. I'd rate it a 9 out of 10."

The senior possesses tremendous size for any respective school, but has caught the attention of Kentucky, because of his tremendous frame and footwork.

"I liked the way they never quit and fought back, even when they were down," Palmer explained about Kentucky. "They outscored Florida, 21-0 in the second half and that definitely impressed me and showed me something."

Palmer, who has scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Marshall, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky, is a player who has worked extremely hard in the weight room after being told by college recruiters that he needed to get stronger. He is looking to take some additional trips before making a decision.

"I'm not ready to make a decision yet," Palmer explained. "I've got an unofficial visit to West Virginia that I'm gonna take here coming up. We'll see how that goes. I'll probably wait it out and see what happens with some other schools before I decide to make a decision."

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