Perhaps as impressive as Tobais Palmer's ability on the football field is his ability to manage an incredibly packed schedule. That's what Pack Pride found out in a recent conversation.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete is already used to the rigorous schedule that comes from life at Georgia Military College, and he's got plenty more on his plate than most others there.
In an effort to graduate in December so he can enroll at NC State in January, Palmer is taking 20 credit hours of classes. On top of that he will need to take three online courses before the end of the semester. Finally, he's in the middle of football season and coming back from an injury.
"Basically every day it's football and work," Palmer said. "There's no time for myself. I know it will pay off in the long run, though. Why not do it now? I'm just hoping to be back home in December so I can get to NC State soon."
Georgia Military College is 1-2 on the year after their first three games. Palmer was injured in the second game and he has been working hard to get back on the field and in action.
"The first game went pretty good," he recalled. "I had about 13 carries for 192 yards. Then in the second game we lost to a top team and I got hurt in the middle of the third quarter. I pinched a nerve in my neck, so I didn't go back in and play. I didn't play the next game, either.
"I just got back into practice. It's still painful but I'm willing to fight through it. The coaches are really upset about the losses so everybody's trying to work hard to get back on track. I'm fighting through it so I can help my team. The doctors said it would probably take a couple of weeks for the pain to go away, but they held me out for a week and I should be ready to go. It's not the kind of thing that's going to keep me out for the whole season. They've said if I can tolerate the pain then I can go."
Since Palmer's coaches knew he wouldn't be able to go in their most recent game they gave him the go-ahead to attend NC State's home contest against Murray State. How did that go for the talented athlete?
"I saw the coaches and we had a little conversation," Palmer said. "I was down on the field, of course. It was good to be there. Coach (Tom) O'Brien has called to make sure I'm ready to leave school in December, just making sure everything is on track for me to do that. I'm ready to get down there."
Palmer is currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He is a former Pittsboro (NC) Northwood High School standout and originally committed to NC State over interest from Florida State and UNC.