March 24, 2011

Palmer talks about his recruiting process

Syracuse landed another prospect for the class of 2012 and like their first commitment they did not have to look far for this one. Omari Palmer is from Middle Island (NY) Longwood and he almost picked the Orange quicker than he actually did.

Palmer, 6-foot-4, 295 pounds was a lifelong Syracuse fan and he was on cloud nice when he received the good news.

"They offered me in early February. I was very excited when they offered because they were my favorite school. I've always wanted to go there and the scholarship kind of put me over the edge."

Despite being ready to give his commitment his parents told him to wait and let the initial excitement fall to the side before making any decisions.

"I did want to commit right away, but everybody was telling me that I should wait and see how I feel about it after awhile."

During that cool down time Palmer was able to make a trip to Syracuse to see what they would offer him if he did indeed attend the school.

"I visited in January for their Junior Day. It was great I toured the facilities and then watched the basketball game when they played Villanova. I was a little upset that they lost. I never thought it could get that loud in the Dome for a basketball game. I just loved the atmosphere up there."

After letting everything sink in Palmer went back to his parents to revisit the talk of a commitment and they were now all on the same page.

"I talked to my parents on Sunday night and I was talking to them about if I should pick Syracuse this early. They told me that since you have always wanted to go there why would you wait any longer, so that is when I was ready."

Now the Empire State product is set to play for his dream school and looks forward to carrying on the tradition at Syracuse.

"Syracuse has always been my dream school and I have always dreamed of playing in the Carrier Dome in front of thousands of fans and I was given that chance and I did not want to miss it. That is why I jumped on it, "Palmer said. "I just watched them play and I just liked it. They have had great players play their like my favorite Donovan McNabb and then they had the greats like Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Floyd Little. Dwight Freeney also came from there. It is just an honor to be a part of that tradition."

At Syracuse he will be playing on the offensive line, but his position on the line has not been talked about. Even though they have not talked about his position he has a feeling that he will end up at guard.

"We have not talked about that, but I will probably end up playing guard. I feel like I have good size for guard, I have good footwork, and I feel like I could play well in the trenches."

With recruiting now over for Palmer he will now set his focus on improving for the next football season and there is one part of his game that needs extra work.

"I am working on my strength. I wrestled and I was not able to work out that much and because of that I got weaker. Now I am working on building myself back up."


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