Palmer Remains on Track

Tobais Palmer is gearing up for his sophomore season at Georgia Military College after a breakout freshman campaign in 2008.

Tobais Palmer is gearing up for his sophomore season at Georgia Military College after a breakout freshman campaign in 2008.

"I thought I had a great freshman year out here," said Palmer. "I was named freshman MVP on the offensive side so that was good. I'm not sure of all my stats, but I think I finished with 480 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. I also had three rushing touchdowns."

A native of Pittsboro, North Carolina, Palmer originally signed with NC State in 2008 but failed to qualify academically. He started three seasons at tailback for Northwood High School, rushing for over 4,700 yards and scoring more than 80 all-purpose touchdowns. A two-time offensive player of the year in his conference, rated him as a three-star recruit and the No. 41 cornerback in the nation.

After playing mainly slot receiver his first year at GMC, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is looking forward to returning to the backfield.

"Last year the coaches wanted me to be in the slot where I could go one-on-one with linebackers," he stated. "This year I'm going to be playing more running back than receiver... I'll be starting at running back because our sophomore back is now gone, and it would be better for us if I moved there.

"I'm excited about it... it's what I wanted. I'm comfortable at running back, and they are giving me a shot. I'm going to take advantage of it and accept the challenge."

Palmer, who remains firmly committed to NC State, is on track for a January enrollment.

"The plan is for me to enroll at State in January," he said. "I'm on track. I've got to finish up summer school and a fall quarter with a couple of online courses. It looks like I can be there in January, and I know that is what the State coaches want.. I definitely want it."

He admits the move to Georgia from North Carolina was rough but knows it is a move he had to make to reach his goals.

"I'm more into it now," said Palmer. "I'm over the homesickness, but it was hard to do. I know it has helped me out a lot... it helped me realize the mistakes I made in high school. It's been a reality check, but I'm a lot more mature."

Helping Palmer with the transition was fellow NC State commitment Roy Mangram. Like Palmer, Mangram was a part of the 2008 recruiting class and failed to qualify academically. Mangram is also at Georgia Military College and remains committed to the Wolfpack.

"It's been a reality check."

"Right now Roy is on the same track with me," said Palmer. "We're working together and helping each other out, and I think it's making him a better man and a better player.

"He started out at safety and then they moved him to linebacker during the year. I think that is definitely his position. He really has impressed the coaches at linebacker. He'll be starting at outside linebacker this year, and he's one of our impact players on defense."

The question most Pack fans have about Palmer is what position will he play at NC State? Extremely fast, he could eventually play running back, slot receiver, or even cornerback.

He has excellent burst into the secondary on plays to the outside, huge top-end speed, and overall solid acceleration through his cuts. It sounds like the plan is for Palmer to impact offensively and in the return game.

"I stay in touch with the State coaches all the time," said Palmer. "The coaches want to make sure I'm happy and everything is going good so anytime a problem occurs I'll check in with coach McCollum.

"The last time I talked to them they said they want the ball in my hands. They think I can make people miss and if they have to put me in slot sometimes that is where I will be. I feel like I'll mainly be playing slot receiver and sometimes tailback... maybe on third down or passing situations."

"They also want me at kickoff returner," he added. "When I signed, they were talking about me playing that year on special teams. They want me to be back there with T.J. [Graham] returning kicks because we were the two fastest guys in North Carolina."

Whenever he returns home from Georgia Palmer tries to swing by NC State. He will be catching as many games as he can this fall.

"I think State's going to be better than last year," he said. "They went to a bowl last year, and I think with all the guys coming in they are going to be real good. I'm ready to get back there so I can play for them."

Jr. Film: TB #6 Tobais Palmer -- Video 1 --

Jr. Film: TB/CB #6 Tobais Palmer -- Video 2 --

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