Palmer was unavailable for comment, but his mother, Jackie Palmer, informed Pack Pride his plans.
"Doug is now going to East Carolina," Jackie Palmer said. "He missed his score by ten points. North Carolina State was going to hold his scholarship, but he decided that he wanted to go ahead and go to college now.
"Coach Cignetti wanted him to wait until January so he could keep taking the test and go there, but East Carolina called and they were on him from the beginning."
A 6-foot-3, 290-pound interior lineman, Palmer played both ways for Douglas Byrd as a senior. The Shrine Bowl selection was named first-team all-conference at offensive line and defensive tackle. He originally chose the Wolfpack over East Carolina and UNC.
"He'll be going to East Carolina in August," Jackie said. "I think it was a good decision. Doug was ready for college, and I don't think he wanted to wait a semester."
Because he did not qualify academically, Palmer could be accepted at East Carolina as a non-qualifier. NC State does not accept non-qualifiers and Palmer would have needed to either continue taking the SAT until he received a qualifying score or attend prep school for a year before he could enroll at NC State.