Recruiting: Palmer Focused On Playoffs

Quarterback/athlete Colton Palmer of Kerrville (Tivy), Texas, is certainly talented and he is showing it at two different positions. After starting the season at quarterback and racking up big stats he is now splitting time at quarterback and wide receiver for the 9-2 Antlers.

Palmer had a big game at receiver in Tivy's opening round 70-7 playoff devastation of San Antonio Burbank. However, the prior week he played both with highlights at both positions. Palmer and sophomore Johnny Manziel are trading off at quarterback. This week Tivy heads to San Antonio's Comalander Stadium on Frdiay for its second round playoff game against 25-4A runner-up Dripping Springs.

Palmer had to sit out a suspension earlier this season along with several other teammates following the group being cited for under age possession of alcohol. It was an out of character incident for Palmer, according to several people we spoke to in Kerrville.

The 6-4, 200-pound Palmer has excellent speed and is a good student. In a late season game against undefeated Cibolo (Steele) he completed 29 of 37 passes for 438 yards and took off on a five-yard run late for the game-winning score.

Speaking to Palmer he said he is happy with the way the season is progressing.

"It's good. I'm having a lot of fun, definitely, playing both positions," summed up Palmer. "I love to win, so I am having a lot of fun."

Playing the two positions may even be a help to him in his college future. "Definitely, I think so," agreed Palmer. "I like both positions but I like quarterback a little more. It helps playing both for knowing what to do at the other position when I play it. As a quarterback I can think like a wide receiver, and as a wide receiver I can think like a quarterback."

According to Palmer, the two teams that have shown him the most interest recently are TCU and Oklahoma State, who run a similar-type spread offense to the one he's used to at Tivy. They are led by head coach Mike Gundy.

"He seems like a really energetic and stand-up guy," Palmer said of Gundy. "I've never really talked to him. He just writes me letters, but I do talk to the (co)offensive coordinator (Gunter Brewer).

"But I'm really open to any school right now, and we'll just see how it goes when the season is over," he added.

And what a tumultuous roller coaster of a senior season it's been with Palmer dealing with issues both on and off the field that have made him a better person, according to Tivy head coach and athletic director Mark Smith.

"There's no doubt that I think he showed a great maturity in overcoming the setback he had," Smith said. "I think that's a plus in my book because now you've gotten an opportunity to see how he responds to adversity, and not only in a game situation but in a life situation. And I think he's handled it pretty well."

He sure did, throwing for a career-high 438 yards on 29-of-37 passing and scoring the winning touchdown in a 34-27 district victory over Cibolo Steele last week, his first game back as the Antlers' starting quarterback.

"Really, I had all day to throw because the linemen really just played one of their best games — they're really stepping up big time — and then you have guys like Logan (Vick), Matt (Ayala) and Johnny (Manziel) that can catch everything," Palmer said. "... In this offense, it's really easy for a quarterback to have success, and God's given me the ability to throw the ball around, and I'm having a great time doing it."

Playing in his third year under center for the Antlers, Palmer has made big strides after starting as a cornerback his freshman season to combine for more than 3,000 total yards and 40 touchdowns last season.

And although his numbers aren't what they were a year ago, given that he missed two games in the middle of the season, Palmer still has put up gaudy numbers, throwing for 1,441 yards and 12 touchdowns to just three interceptions on 104-of-146 passing with an impressive 71 percent completion percentage.

The most recent update from Palmer on recruiting is this. "Nothing new, samo, samo," said Palmer. "It is still Oklahoma State and TCU, but I am still open to hearing from and contacting coaches. I'll really pay more attention to it after the playoffs."

(A portion of the report was reprinted from the Kerrville Daily Times from a Oct. 29, 2008 story written by Daily Times sportswriter Alex Byington)

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