Days before Wednesday's signing day, 2013 DT Chris Palmer made his verbal commitment to Navy. Since then, Palmer has signed his letter of intent to play this fall.
"It's a great place with a great opportunity," Palmer said of his decision. "Some have said I won't be able to go to the league from Navy, but one of my defensive line coaches played in the NFL for six years. I'll be able to keep pushing toward my dreams of the NFL."
On National Signing Day, Palmer signed his letter of intent before a ceremony and press conference with his fellow seniors at Collins Hill High School (GA).
"As soon as we got to school, we signed our stuff and faxed it over," Palmer explained. "After that, it was a normal day until the afternoon when we got together to have a ceremony...that's when everyone got nervous."
Palmer's future coaches at Navy have told him to be ready to contribute immediately.
"They tell me that I'm big and violent; that I'm someone they've been looking for," Palmer explained. "They think they have found a player that can compete with teams like Notre Dame and Ohio State now."
As Palmer prepares to make his move in the coming months, he also says that he plans for a career in football long-term.
"I want to stay in football for good," Palmer said, "either in the NFL or as a coach."