Palmer is the top ranked defensive tackle in Central Florida by Scout.com and the #93 DT prospect in the country. The scouting report on Palmer is that he is an extremely physical, tough, and relentless DL who plays with a high motor. An explosive first step with great lateral agility project well to the next level. He is a high impact player with an outstanding work ethic and leadership qualities.
Palmer showed again Friday night why he's one of the best DT's in Florida as he and shut down the Bears running game in spite of constant double teams. "My job as Captain is to take over the game, make the big plays that give us momentum. When our defense gets all jacked up, everybody can really feel it. That's when we look each other in the eyes and know that nobody is going to beat us," he said.
Palmer's inspired game performances have attracted a lot of attention recently. "Things seem to be really heating up for me. Just this weekend, I heard from Coach Fitzgerald at Northwestern, Coach Kill (Northern Illinois), Ole Miss, Pitt, Toledo, Tulane, FIU, Eastern Michigan and others. I've been hearing from a bunch of schools lately, and they all say they really like my Senior Film."
Palmer took a few visits recently too. "The Citadel had my family and me up to Charleston for a great weekend.. They have a new stadium, and the crowd was really pumped up the whole game. It's a great atmosphere. UCF invited me to their Recruiting Day, and they played a great game, too.
"When asked if UCF has an advantage because it's in town, Palmer said, "I've been a UCF fan my whole life, but they haven't offered me yet. I was kind of surprised that teams from all over the country were showing more interest than UCF, but that's starting to change now. They've been really nice. After the game, Coach Collins took me into the locker room and introduced me to some other coaches and players. It was fun, and they invited me back for all their other home games too."
Palmer's unique combination of athleticsm, agility and size, allows coaches to move him inside or out on the line, depending on the game situation. That kind of versatility is coveted by college recruiters and one of the reasons Palmer stands out. "When Georgia State offered me, they said they liked my versatility, and that I have a chance of starting next year. They have a great Coach in Bill Curry, and it's really a unique opportunity to help build a new program. Having a shot at earlier playing time is a big factor for me."
When asked about front runners, Palmer said, "The Citadel, Navy and Air Force have really impressed me. They are so highly respected academically, and their leadership training is something you can't get anywhere else. UCF, Ole Miss, Georgia State, Northwestern and some others are up there too." He added, "I like some smaller schools too, like Appalachian State, Furman, Elon and others. A lot of them seem to think that I might not go there just because I have offers from bigger schools, but that's not the case at all. There's a lot more important things to me than how many people go to the school. Academics, playing time and the game-day atmosphere are bigger factors."
Palmer expects to commit sometime before the end of the season. "I don't plan to wait until December. A bunch of schools have asked for film of my first few games. After I get my senior film out, I'll make a decision from the schools who have offered at that point."
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