Lackawanna's Palmer Is A Rising Star

It's become apparent early in the 2015 recruiting cycle that Lackawanna OT Paris Palmer (6-9, 300) is going to be one of the top JUCO offensive line prospects in the country. He's already got four early offers and more could be on the way in the near future...

"Things have been going good," Palmer told JCFootball.com recently. "I have offers from Temple, Arizona State, Ohio State and East Carolina and Penn State has been talking to me a lot and I think they could be pretty close to offering, but right now I'm just talking to them."

As a freshman last season, Palmer earned Second Team All-Conference honors after starting the season at the left tackle spot for the Falcons. While his accolades were deserved, he admitted he's got plenty to work on before the start of his sophomore season.

"Right now, I'd say I am probably a better pass-blocker, but that doesn't mean I am a bad run-blocker. I just think I am a more natural pass-blocker because of my size and my feet," Palmer noted. "This offseason, I'm working on everything. From my footwork to my punch to how I set up guys and stuff like that, it's all stuff I need to work on and get better."

As a prep, Palmer was an intriguing prospect at Plymouth (NC) High School, but he was unable to get a qualifying grade point, so he headed north to play ball and get his academics in order.

"I sent my tape up here to them and then talked with the coaches. It was the right move for me. It's definitely been the right move," Palmer said.

As far as when he plans to make his decision, Palmer said it probably will not come until after the season.

"I will probably take a couple of official visits before the season and then maybe one or two after my season and then I will decide," Palmer said. "I definitely want to find a place that feels like home and has that real family feel. I need to see it as a place I could spend the next two or three years of my life, so that will be really important.

"I'm also going to look at my relationship with the coaches and how comfortable I feel with them since they are the people I will be with the most."

He is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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