Palmer Grew Up on SU

Omari Palmer told SyracuseFan.com on Tuesday night that he grew up on the Orange, so even as he was being recruited by the school it was pretty hard for him to hide the fact that he was eventually going to become part of the ‘Cuse family. Inside is an in-depth look at Syracuse's latest commitment.

Omari Palmer, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman from Longwood High School in Middle Island, N.Y., committed to Syracuse on Tuesday and is thrilled to be a part of a program that he grew up loving.

"I committed to Syracuse a little while ago," Palmer said. "I spoke to Coach (John) Anselmo and he was really excited when I committed. He said he knew they had me, so I guess I didn't play it off very well with my love for the school. I also talked to Coach (Doug) Marrone and he also told me that he was very excited to have me and that he saw me doing big things in the future for them."

"This has been my favorite school since I was a kid because growing up in New York it's really the state school," Palmer added. "I love the direction the program is going in under Coach Marrone, so that gave me the confidence to commit very early to them. I went up there for junior day in late January and we had a tour of the facilities and then caught a basketball game against Villanova which was crazy because at the time they were two Top Ten schools and the Carrier Dome was going crazy. I just loved it up there."

"In high school I play offensive tackle and we haven't really talked about where I'll play, but I think I'll probably end up at guard. I hope to squeak out an inch or two before I get to college and end up staying at tackle, but I'll just do whatever I can to help the team most. I want to get into the business field, so I want take Business Management as my major with Sports Management as my minor as I'd like to be a sport's agent. I love sports and football doesn't last forever, so this would give me a way to keep involved with the game after I leave it. I'm not big on typing or writing, so I'd love to be an agent and help them succeed and be the best they can be just like I'm getting an opportunity to be, so that's my goal."

Palmer was named second-team first-team All-County, first-team All-Division, second-team All-Long Island and third-team All-State as a junior.

He has a max bench press of 295 pounds and a max squat of 425 pounds. He carries a 2.13 core GPA in the classroom.

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