When Syracuse offered Red Bank Regional High (Little Silver, N.J.) wide receiver Sadiq Palmer on Friday, few knew much about the 6-foot-3 prospect. A little bit was learned about what type of player he is, and then on Saturday, he pulled the trigger and committed.
Who better to get a feel for what type of player and person Palmer is than his head coach Nick Giglio? Coach believes Syracuse found someone with a lot of ability and a strong work ethic.
”Number one, Sadiq is a competitor,” Giglio said. “That is a strength in ever aspect of his game on the field. Very smooth in his route running, goes up for the ball and it’s his once it’s in the air. He has the ability to separate from the defense once he has the ball.
”He’s still learning how much better he an become in our off-season strength program.”
As Palmer prepares for the college game, there are a few aspects of his own game that he is working on improving. Specifically getting into the strength and conditioning program so that he can add strength and weight to his frame.
With his size, he could get up over 200 pounds without losing his athleticism, speed and quickness.
”Understanding the benefits of the off-season strength program will make him more physical on offense,” Giglio said. “Also understanding what defenses are doing to him and adjusting his route running. So that is what he will be working on leading up to his senior year.
”This will allow Sadiq to be more prepared for the next level.”
Off the field, Palmer is not as vocal as some leaders, but does speak up when it is warranted.
”He is a terrific leader in the locker room and on the field,” Giglio said. “He interacts well with all of his teammates at every grade level. He leads mostly by example, but keeps it light when needed on the field. He has a calming effect about him towards his players and coaches, but says what’s needed to be said when needed.
”He doesn’t mix words. Plus, he has fun playing the game of football.”
Syracuse was Palmer’s only offer, but those close to him and his coach have always been surprised at the lack of scholarship opportunities believing he is as talented as any in New Jersey.