Syracuse wide receiver commit Joshua Palmer enjoyed a strong senior season. One that ended up St. Thomas Aquinas winning the state title for the third year in a row. This one, however, felt a bit different for the 6-foot-3 wideout.
"I felt like my senior season was great," Palmer said. "I went in with the mindset to do whatever I could to help my team win. Last year, I didn't play much. Especially in the state (title) game. So this year was very special to me because I felt like I contributed all I could."
Palmer contributed six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in the championship game.
After Syracuse's season ended, the Orange coaches hit the recruiting trail. They visited commits and top targets, including in-home visits. One of those in-homes was with Palmer.
It went so well that Palmer tweeted afterwards it was the only in-home he needed.
"My in-home was great," he said. "We talked about the season and many seasons moving forward. Coach McCloud and coach Nick Monroe came by for about two hours.
"I seen a lot of guys get more than one in-home visit and I felt the one visit was good enough for me."
Palmer has set his official visit to Syracuse for the weekend of January 27th. Right before National Signing Day. He has been on campus for unofficials in the past, so this trip will be more about spending time with his future teammates.
"I've seen a lot the first time I went," Palmer said. "I'm probably looking forward to meeting the recruits, current players and to have a good time on my visit."
Palmer says two big reasons why the Orange remain an attractive landing spot for himself and other recruits are the coaching staff and the offense. They were reasons why he verballed over the summer and why he remains solidly committed.
"When I saw (Amba's) numbers, it didn't surprised me because I believe in the offense coach Lewis was telling me about," Palmer said. "I feel I can do those type of things."
With Etta-Tawo leaving for the NFL, there is a huge void at the wide receiver position. Could a freshman step in right away to fill it? Palmer is making sure he puts in the work necessary to give himself that opportunity.
"I got better in route running (this season)," he said. "In the offseason I will work on everything. Route running, catching, footwork, speed, moves after the catch, etc."