Palmer Knows Next Destination

Pittsboro (NC) Northwood tailback Tobais Palmer will attend junior college after failing to qualify academically to enroll at NC State this fall.

Pittsboro (NC) Northwood tailback Tobais Palmer will attend junior college after failing to qualify academically to enroll at NC State this fall.

"I'm going to Georgia Military for a year and a half and then I'll transfer back to State," Palmer informed Pack Pride. "I found out a couple of weeks ago that is what I'll need to do. The coaches from State said that might be best for me, and I just have to get my associate's degree."

This is a frustrating detour for Palmer as he believed that he was going to qualify.

"It's kind of frustrating because I thought I was going to be there, but I missed it by a couple of points," he stated. "Maybe things happen for a reason. I'm just going to make the most of it."

Georgia Military College is one of the top junior college programs in the country. NC State signee Roy Mangram is also headed to GMC, and Palmer said he thought Milton (FL) linebacker William Beasley might be joining them there as well.

While he has yet to speak with the GMC coaches, Palmer knows where he will play for the highly-regarded program.

"I'm going to be playing running back," he said. "I haven't really talked with their coaches yet, but I'm suppose to at the end of this week."

Palmer was the Wolfpack's first commitment in the 2008 class. When asked if his verbal to NC State remains solid, Palmer didn't hesitate with his reply.

"Yes, I'm going to State," he said. "They wanted me to go out to Georgia Military, and I'll be back at State in a year and a half."

Used primarily as a tailback at Pittsboro (NC) Northwood, Palmer totaled 168 carries for 1,596 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. He finished off the year with a Shrine Bowl selection, all-conference honors and Chatham County male athlete of the year.

Palmer was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 41 cornerback in the 2008 class by Scout.com.

Scouting Report: "Speed is the name of the game for Palmer, who could eventually play running back, slot receiver, and probably his best projected position of cornerback. Excellent burst into the secondary on plays to the outside, huge top-end speed, and overall solid acceleration through his cuts. In limited time as a cornerback, shows excellent hips and ball awareness. Willing to come up and make a tackle, but not enough time on the field to make a full evaluation." – Scout.com recruiting analyst Miller Safrit


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