The 6-foot 2, 225-pound outside linebacker has been having a relaxing senior season in terms of knowing where he was going to college early on.
"It took a load off and I'm so excited to come," Palacio said.
Palacio goes to Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., which is the same school SMU (likely-soon-to-be-reshirt) freshman quarterback Conner Preston went. The two were teammates there, but Palacio said Preston didn't have any sort of influence on his decision because he was already interested in SMU when they offered.
Palacio will take an official visit sometime later this season.
Palacio and the Cavaliers, who are coming off a big win over St. Francis last week, are 5-2 so far this season and have three more games until playoffs start. Palacio said he has over 40 tackles and seven sacks. He also recorded an interception against St. Francis.
"I can't wait to get to SMU and hopefully win a starting spot my freshman year," he said.
Asked about how he'd feel if SMU was in the Big East by the time he got to college, Palacio said, "That would just be an extra bonus. I'm going to SMU to compete and that would allow me to do more and show my skills off. That would be a big boost."
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