2008 Intro: Tobias Palmer

PITTSBORO, N.C. --- Northwood's football program had a historic season last fall. The 2006 Chargers made it deeper into the playoffs than any other team in school history and star tailback Tobias Palmer broke the season touchdown record.

After posting a 7-4 record (4-1 in conference) during the regular season, Northwood advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA 2AA playoffs for the first time in school history. However, they were eventually edged out by Henderson (N.C.) Southern Vance, 27-16.

"Everyone was depending on me to get us there," said Palmer. "With the help from my teammates, I tried to get us as far as I could."

Palmer, a 5-foot-10 170-pound tailback, carried the ball 275 times for Northwood, accumulating 1,577 yards and setting the school record for touchdowns in a season with 38 scores. He also caught ten passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Additionally, Palmer twice tied his own record for touchdowns in a game, which was set during his sophomore season. He rushed for five touchdowns against both Randleman (N.C.) and Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons.

"He's exciting with great speed and great vision," said Bill Hall, Northwood's head football coach. "He's little in stature, but he can deliver a hit as well. He's not just a quick ‘back, he's a pretty physical ‘back as well."

Palmer also returned kicks and saw situational reps at free safety. He recorded four interceptions on defense, returning one for a touchdown, and returned three kicks for scores.

"He's our best defensive back and he only plays a quarter of the time," said Hall.

It doesn't stop there, Hall has timed Palmer as low as 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash and Palmer ran a 10.4-second 100-meter time at the state track and field meet last year.

Palmer's accomplishments have landed him a scholarship offer from an in-state school.

"I only have one offer – full scholarship to N.C. State – so far," said Palmer. "[They offered] this year during football season towards the end. They mailed the letter, because they couldn't present it to me because they can't really talk to me."

With the circulation of his highlight film, interest in Palmer has begun to increase.

"After National Signing Day a couple of Wednesday's back, my phone has been ringing off the hook," said Hall. "[North] Carolina is getting in touch now, South Carolina has called, Wake Forest has called, and he's starting to get letters from everywhere."

Conversations with UNC led to an invitation to last week's basketball game against N.C. State, which Palmer quickly accepted.

"It was pretty good – it was pretty interesting," said Palmer. "It was pretty exciting to see."

Besides watching the Tar Heels defeat the Wolfpack, Palmer got an opportunity to sit down and chat with UNC assistant coaches John Shoop, Sam Pittman, and Kenny Browning.

"They were just asking me information about my grades and what do I run in the [40-yard dash]," said Palmer.

Hall accompanied Palmer to the game and also spoke to the coaches.

"They've got film from Coach [John] Bunting, but speaking to them [Wednesday] night they want some film from later on in the year," said Hall. "I'll get that [film] together for them this weekend. I'll be up at the Carolina clinic later on in March and I'll speak to them more then."

Palmer is planning a return visit to Chapel Hill for the March 4th Junior Day and basketball game against Duke. However, he was also invited to N.C. State's Junior Day scheduled for the same day. Given the proximately between the two campuses, Palmer said he will attempt to make both.

A day prior, South Carolina is holding its Junior Day. Palmer said he will also try to attend that.

Over the summer, Palmer said he is considering camping at Clemson, Florida, Florida State, N.C. State, and Virginia Tech.

Palmer, who is looking to make a verbal commitment by the end of his senior football season, is favoring five schools.

"My top five – I would say – are Florida State, UNC, N.C. State, Oregon, and Virginia Tech," said Palmer. "Those schools, they have something that I want to major in [either business or engineering], I like their academics, [and] I like their athletics."

Most schools haven't specifically mentioned what position they are recruiting Palmer for, but Hall sees Palmer in the secondary in college.

"Honestly, unless he puts on 25-30 pounds, I see him more as a kick return or defensive back," said Hall. "I see him probably as a cover corner."

Palmer said his personal preference would be to play tailback at the collegiate level and continue his record breaking ways from that position.

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