Palma Ready for His Senior Season

The Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak four-star linebacker, Kevin Palma, is ready to get it done in pads...

Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker Kevin Palma (6-2, 240) has had as good an offseason as any prospect out West.

From a dominant performance at the Oakland NFTC, to solid showings at The Opening and Gridiron Kings, Palma has gone from an under-the-radar prospect to a four-star with double-digit offers.

But even Palma knows what he does in pads will leave a bigger impression on coaches then his offseason has.

"I've got 10 offers, but hopefully I can get some more offers once they see my first few games," said Palma. "After my third game, I'll make a highlight and put it out and have a lot more defensive highlights because that's what a lot of schools are looking for."

Most of Palma's junior film was at tight end, though he played exclusively defense while on the camp circuit this spring, earning MVP honors at the Oakland NFTC and helping his squad at The Opening with the Nike 7ON.

But while linebacker is the position he's played all spring, he'll play defensive end for Mission Oak this fall.

"I'll be seeing some time at linebacker, but I'll be playing defensive end mostly to help beef up our line and give us a real edge there and a nice edge rush," said Palma.

Palma said that three schools were standing out to him, San Diego State, Oregon State and Colorado, while also boasting offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Iowa State, Nevada, New Mexico, UCLA and Utah State.

"I know I want to visit San Diego State, Oregon State and Colorado," said Palma. "Oregon State has given me the option of tight end too. At this point, it's still undecided when I'll take my visits."

Palma said three Pac-12 schools are also gauging his progress this fall, and a good start could produce an offer.

"Stanford, Cal and Washington I know all want to see my first few games," said Palma.

Palma said he's moving out to receiver this fall, from tight end, offensively.

"I'm starting as a true receiver this year, at the Z on the outside, just to exploit matchups and getting the ball as much as possible," said Palma.

Palma and his Mission Oak team will play Hanford West in their opener.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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