Little Silver (N.J.) Red Bank High wide receiver Sadiq Palmer was offered by Syracuse on Friday as we first reported. That was not his first interaction with the Orange as they started getting involved recently. In fact, he was on campus on Saturday as one of several New Jersey prospects visiting for the spring game.
Less than a week later, the Orange extended an offer.
”I called coach Bobby Acosta this morning,” Palmer said. “He told me that they offered me and how the coaches love me. I had a big smile on my face. I was speechless. I was so happy. I could just say ‘thank you and I appreciate it so much.’
”Mainly because it was my first offer and also because I’m very interested in the program. When I went there, the coaches gave me a great feeling. It’s special.”
The relationship between Acosta and Palmer is still in its infancy, but the Syracuse assistant has already made an impression on the 6-foot-3 wideout.
”He seems like a very sincere guy,” Palmer said. “He loves his players. I can tell that about him. I feel like our relationship will build even more because he and Syracuse cares about their players.”
On Saturday, he checked out the spring game while visiting. He paid special attention to his position group and believes his skill set would fit right in. He also enjoyed Syracuse’s new gem, the indoor practice facility.
”It was pretty good,” Palmer said. “I liked how their receivers were rough. They’re not just always about catching balls. It’s about blocking, route running and things like that. That’s stuff that I can do and build on.
”I liked the facilities. They were beautiful. I loved that (the new indoor facility) was inside. That’s one thing that I liked about it. It’s inside so you wouldn’t have to worry about the cold.”
The Red Bank High standout is also friends with Syracuse’s top quarterback target, three-star prospect Anthony Brown. The fact that the Orange are pursuing both enhances where they stand with Palmer.
”That actually does,” he said. “If we were to go there, we could keep building chemistry because we already play pickup games together and seven-on-seven. We have a good chemistry from that so we could build it up even more if we went to the same school.”
Syracuse is Palmer’s first offer. He is also receiving interest from Old Dominion and Rutgers, he said.