Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Plenty of early interest for Logan Palmer
By Erik McKinney
The recruiting process is heating up for 2014 defensive end Logan Palmer (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) and it's unlikely to slow down anytime soon. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound end/outside linebacker attended just one camp this past summer, but is already generating interest from programs across the country.
Boise State received the camp visit, as Palmer combined a trip to visit relatives with an opportunity to perform in front of the Broncos' coaching staff. Locally, Arizona and Arizona State have expressed interest, while San Diego State is taking a look at Palmer as well.
Nationally, three well-respected programs are on the early list of schools pursuing Palmer, as Oklahoma is the one school to have sent a handwritten letter, Tennessee coaches have hinted that an offer could be close, and Michigan State coaches kept in contact after visiting the school earlier this year. In fact, Palmer received something of a surprise while talking to Spartans' recruiting coordinator Brad Salem.
"His dad [Joe Salem] was my dad's coach at Northern Arizona," Palmer said. "Small world. He's a great guy."
Palmer said most schools have discussed the possibility of him playing linebacker at the next level as a standup end, capable of rushing the passer or dropping into coverage. He said the Broncos caught his eye in the early going.
"I just like the way they play," Palmer said of Boise State. "They don't care about size. It's about being quick and fast -- that new-revolution defensive end."
While the recruiting process is likely to increase for Palmer, the junior said he is simply enjoying it right now.
"The whole process is exciting," he said. "Getting letters, hearing from schools -- all of it is a good time. I just want to be able to play somewhere."
Palmer finished his junior season with 71 tackles, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.