JC playmaker likes Huskies

Playmakers in the secondary are at a premium in this year's recruiting class, but one player who fits that mold is S Ashley Palmer from Compton Community College. Palmer has a plethora of offers, but has scheduled only one visit at this point – to the University of Washington. Dawgman.com was able to catch up with Palmer as he watched some football on a lazy Sunday afternoon and he updated us on his season, his thoughts on Washington and the progress of recruiting.

"We played well last night," Palmer said noting his stats weren't eye-popping. "I only had two tackles, but I had a one-handed interception that I had to slide to catch."

On the season, Palmer has posted over 90 tackles and seven interceptions and says while he likes to hit and be an enforcer, he sees himself more as a ball-hawking type safety.

"I like to make plays on the ball," Palmer said. "I can hit a guy hard if I need to, but I'd rather go after the ball and give it back to my offense."

Palmer claims 12 offers from schools across the country and says all but UCLA and Stanford have offered him a scholarship from the Pac 10. He also has offers from Mississippi, Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska and some heavy interest from Georgia. He doesn't claim a leader, but he has set up a visit to Montlake in early December and likes what he's heard about the Husky football program.

"I've never met or talked to coach (Tyrone) Willingham, but I've heard a lot of good things about him," Palmer said. "One of my teammates, outside linebacker Larry Hetchison, is from Seattle and he always tells us it's really nice up there and it doesn't rain as much as people think.

"I want to get up there and check the place out. I've never been to Washington before and I'm interested in meeting the coaches and the players and seeing the school and the area."

Huskies wide receivers coach Eric Yarber has been Palmer's main contact on the Washington staff and says they talk frequently and about the need the Huskies have in their secondary.

"We talk about the school, what they are trying to do with the program and how they are trying to get back to winning there," Palmer said. "He says that they need players who can come in and play right away. I like that and feel I could do that."

Palmer doesn't claim a leader at this point and says he needs to get in a few visits before he'll be ready to make a decision. He took a medical redshirt his freshman season at Compton and will have three to play three when he hits campus this winter. He is on schedule to graduate in December and plans to pursue a Sociology degree at a four-year school.

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