Lake Brantley DE Getting Attention

A player who has recently garnered a lot of attention on the recruiting trail is Danny Palmer from Lake Brantley High School outside of Orlando. The rising senior registered 58 tackles, 4 sacks, forced five fumbles, and had 10 tackles for loss n 2008. At 6'4, 237 and a solid student, it is easy to see why he is becoming one of the most coveted players in Central Florida for 2010.

SunStateFootball.com caught up with Danny Palmer to see what was happening on the recruiting trail, "The last two weeks interest has really picked up. In the past couple days, I've talked to Missouri, Notre Dame, USC, Colorado, Syracuse, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Tulsa and Virginia, they're all coming by the school. I am excited at the possibilities. I don't have the offers yet, but I can tell they're getting close. I hope to impress them this Spring." One of the great things about playing in the Sunshine State is Spring Football, it gives an opportunity for colleges to come down and evaluate players, clearly Palmer is taking advantage.

Palmer has recently been to a couple of Junior Days, "I went to Duke, UCF, and South Florida, they were all very impressive, I wish I could have made it to more of the ones I was invited to."

As a player, Palmer talked about himself, "I am very intense on the field, I never give up, I give 100% on every play, and like to think that I'm a momentum changer. As a team leader, my job is to outwork everybody else all the time." Palmer has played mostly DT and DE the last two years, but has played some OL in the past, "Next year my coaches have said that I will be inside at Defensive Tackle and also play some Offensive Tackle. I am excited about going both ways."

Lake Brantley was in the State Championship Game three years ago losing to the vaunted Miami Northwestern team in Dolphin Stadium, "We are definitely looking to get back there, I think we are dangerous, we only lost 2-3 guys on defense and return most of our offense. Our goal is nothing short of a State Championship. The games are here in Orlando, that would be extra nice." The competition will be intense as the 2008 State Champ, Seminole, is in Palmer's district.

In terms of recruiting does he want to stay in-state if possible? "Not at all, I am neither for staying in-state or for leaving. I am wide open. I have a lot of family up north too, so I'll be comfortable wherever I go. I want a school that will challenge me both athletically and academically, football won't last forever, so I am really going to break down the schools that are interested and see where I fit best."

After Spring ball, June is a month of University Camps, "I will attend Tulane's Camp, they give out offers after the Camp, I hope to go there and earn one. I have been invited to many others, I am not sure which ones I will get to. I will wait and see who is really interested. Four other schools that stand out right now are Colorado, Missouri, Georgia Tech and Northwestern."

Palmer expects to make a decision this summer. "The teams that offer earlier will have a big advantage, because I want to make a final decision before the season starts. I think I'll know when I am on the right campus. I'm starting to get comfortable with a lot of the coaches already, and everything else will fall into place when I see their schools." SunStateFootball.com will keep you updated over the coming months.


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