Rebels adding mid-term Juco All-American
"You will see me in a Rebel uniform next year," added the ecstatic Ashlee Palmer.
But how the '05 All-Western State Conference Southern Division Player of the Year landed at Ole Miss is another story.
"I originally signed with Nebraska last December, but my mother wanted me to go to Washington. We talked about it, and I went with Washington."
How was Ashlee able to sign with Washington after already signing a LOI with Nebraska?
"I got to sign with Washington because one of the classes I thought I made a C in, I made a D, so it made me ineligible to play at Nebraska. I was free to sign with anybody again."
Ashlee re-enrolled at Compton CC last Spring and signed with Washington in February. Everything looked to be a lock for Palmer to play for the Huskies as he actually went through voluntary summer drills with their squad, but then some more bad news popped up.
"Their school of admissions told me in August that I was not eligible there even though I had my AA (junior college) degree. They have different requirements at Washington, so I was ineligible to play for them."
Ashlee's football career was put on hold. What was he to do?
"I decided to attend a junior college in Washington and get my 10 hours I needed to become eligible at Washington, but I could not afford the out of state tuition and the cost of living, so I came back home."
Ole Miss was the first school to start recruiting Ashlee and he actually took an official visit with the Rebels last October, so he decided to give Ole Miss a call.
"I called Coach Nielsen five days ago and told him I wanted to be a Rebel. They were the first school to recruit me last year. I was real close with Coaches Nielsen and Oregon to begin with, and to be honest, I wanted to sign with either them or Nebraska last year, but my mom wanted me to go to Washington. My mother and I had a long talk Christmas day, and I told her I really wanted to go to Ole Miss now that I had another chance. All of our family is from Louisiana, so it would give them a chance to see me play. She gave me her blessings, so I gave Coach Nielsen a call. He called Coach Orgeron and they told me to pack my bags and to be down there on Thursday. School starts on the 15th, so they want me to get moved into the dorm room and get all of my classes lined up."
Has Palmer been notified that he is eligible to play for Ole Miss?
"Yes sir, their admissions went over my transcript and they got the ok from the SEC. My AA degree was good to get in pretty much everywhere but Washington. They just had some different requirements than most schools."
Ashlee will have two of his buddies to join him on the Ole Miss squad.
"Lamar Brumfield and I go way back. I mean way back. We use to play AAA basketball together in high school. I just talked to him today, and he told me he was coming on his recruiting trip (official visit) to Ole Miss this weekend. And Larry Dennis and I played together last year. He is a beast. That boy has some serious game. It is going to be the 3 Compton boys down in Mississippi. Life is a trip."
Palmer took a medical redshirt his freshman season ('04) due to an injured MCL. His sophomore campaign ('05) saw him collect 118 tackles and 7 interceptions which led him to being named a 1st Team All-American and Conference Player of the Year.
He was rated by Scout.com as the #33 overall junior college prospect and the #4 safety in the country.
Palmer prepped for Lynwood High in high school and led them to a 10-1-1 record and a CIF playoff berth in 2003.
He played QB and completing 72 of 128 passes for 1,103 yards and 10 TDs... Also rushed for 297 yards and seven TD's, made 19 tackles and recovered two fumbles... Earned first-team all-league honors.
The 6' 3", 215 safety will enroll at Ole Miss in January, go through Spring drills, and will have 2 to play 2 for the University of Mississippi.
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