DL/OL Chris Palmer from St John Neumann High School in Philadelphia, Pa is one of the top two-way prospects in the Keystone State for the class of 2008. Having attracted attention from a host of big-time programs, the rising senior has earned two offers date with West Virginia and NC State making early pledges.
At 6-4, 290 pounds and boasting 5.2-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Palmer rarely left the field as a junior. His first year as a varsity starter, Palmer quickly established himself as a dominating blocker on offense and a disruptive force on defense. From his defensive tackle position, Palmer had four sacks and five forced fumbles in 2006 en route to all-league honors. As far as his future position in college, Palmer says he wouldn't mind staying on the defensive side of the ball.
"All the schools recruiting me tell me I could play offensive guard or defensive tackle," said Palmer. "Whenever they ask me which one I prefer, I tell them that I'd rather play at defensive tackle. They tell me that I play like I've got a lot of fire in me and they like the way I fire off the ball."
In addition to scholarship offers from NC State and West Virginia, Palmer is also receiving heavy interest from UCLA, Connecticut, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Oklahoma.
For now, Palmer says four schools have set themselves apart from the rest.
"I'd say my top four is West Virginia, NC State, UCLA and Oklahoma," he said. "All of them are pretty equal."
Palmer talked further about the two schools that have stepped forward with an offer.
"NC State told me that I could have a good career at offensive guard or defensive tackle," said Palmer. "I sent them my highlight tape and they started showing me a lot of love. When I got the offer from them I was so excited and telling everyone at school that I had got an offer from NC State.
"I don't know that much about State yet but my dad has a friend that helped Marques Slocum (Michigan defensive tackle) get recruited and he was telling us that he really liked the coaching staff and they liked everything about NC State."
West Virginia was the first to offer Palmer and they clearly have made a huge initial impression.
"Their coach has showed me a lot of attention," he said. "We've had a lot of players from here go to West Virginia. The coaches from West Virginia told me the first time they saw me that they were going to offer and they did."
While attention in Palmer will only intensify over the coming months, NC State will get a chance to impress him in and try to solidify their spot on his favorite's list as he plans to be on hand for the Pack's spring game in April.