- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The Stanford Cardinal continue to add talent at the linebacker position in their 2013 recruiting class. The latest addition is Kevin Palma (Tulare, Calif./Mission Oak), a 6-foot-2, 240-pound athlete capable of playing multiple positions on both sides of the ball. He will head to Palo Alto as a linebacker.
"I made my decision, but I was waiting to talk to all of the coaches who were recruiting me," Palma said. "As of last Wednesday, I'm a Stanford commit."
Palma turned a fantastic spring and summer into offers from multiple Pac-12 programs, including Colorado, Oregon State and UCLA. Stanford offered several weeks ago and, after sitting down with his parents, Palma came to a decision that the offer was too good to pass up. He said he would like to study engineering or physical therapy in college, and the overall opportunity Stanford presented helped him pull the trigger on a commitment.
"As a program and as a bundle, it was the best fit for me," Palma said. "It's not too far away from my family, and obviously you can't beat the academics. It is a very strong program and as a whole, it's a very good fit."
The Cardinal haven't specified which linebacker position Palma will play, but he said he will definitely start out as a linebacker, and he said he will be inserted into "whatever spot opens up."
Palma was on the Stanford campus several weeks ago, when the Cardinal took down USC, and he watched intently on Saturday, as they came up just short against Notre Dame.
"They've been a real hard-nosed team this year," Palma said. "Watching the game on Saturday, it was a close call that could have gone either way. Obviously they are a real solid program."
Palma is commitment No. 7 for Stanford's 2013 recruiting class. He is also just the second recruit from California in this class to give the Cardinal a verbal commitment.