Buckeyes Offer JUCO Offensive Lineman Paris Palmer

By Jeremy Birmingham on February 27, 2014 at 7:57p

Last summer, Jermaine Eluemunor's recruitment was one of the wildest recruiting rides ever. You may recall that Eluemunor committed to UCLA very early in the process, then visited Ohio State (and committed, albeit not publicly,) then visited Arkansas (and committed,) and then ended up signing with Texas A&M, where he's now enrolled. What you didn't know is that Paris Palmer, Eluemunor's fellow bookend at tackle for Lackawanna Junior College, was picking up some recruiting interest of his own last year, and the last few days have seen it pick up. Rapidly.

"Arizona State offered me yesterday, East Carolina and Ohio State offered me today," Palmer told Eleven Warriors. "I'm up to five offers now."

With an offer from the Buckeyes, Palmer, a 6-foot-9, 305-pound tackle, will undoubtedly watch his recruitment move into a totally different stratosphere. He's trying to not think too far ahead or let himself get too caught up in the hype.

"To be honest I'm still in disbelief about everything," he said of the new attention coming his way. "Where I come from things like this don't happen. I'm just thanking God for all the blessings right now. I know many people let offers get to their head but I would never let that happen."

Where Palmer comes from, Plymouth, North Carolina, is a town of less than 5,000 in the eastern half of the state known for paper products and not football players. How did a player like Palmer end up in Scranton, the home of Dunder-Mifflin, the world's most famous fictional paper company?

"I tore my ACL my senior year and I didn't have any offers at all, so I decided to get a job after I graduated (high school) in 2011," Palmer said of his path to college football scholarship offers. "I was working and rehabbing at the same time but I always wanted to get back to football so a mutual friend told me about Coach Duda and his success with offensive lineman so I decided to come to Lackawanna."


That decision has clearly paid off. He has three years of college to play out his final two years of eligibility, and Palmer's recruitment is just starting to ramp up. While he doesn't have any plans to make a choice anytime soon, he does have an idea of what to expect because he was recruited out of high school. That knowledge, combined with the dramatics around Eluemunor's may give him an edge in the process.

"I've been recruited before so I sort of know the ins and outs (of the process," he said of recruiting. "Watching (Eluemunor) and how he dealt with the process definitely showed me what to do and what not to do."

The first thing for Palmer to do is to get himself set up on a few visits, and Columbus is definitely a place he wants to check out. 

"I hope to visit Ohio very soon," Palmer said of the Buckeyes. "Their tradition makes them stand out (to me.) I used to always watch the Michigan vs. Ohio State game, and being given a chance to be a part of their family is nothing short of amazing. I'm honored (at the chance.)"



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MN Buckeye's picture

Holy cow, 6' 9", 305. I wonder if he is related to Carson Palmer?

osubuck57's picture

Sounds good. Seems like he will be nothing like Eluemunor, which is a good start.


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m5987usus's picture

Wow man good size he would look like a monster on that O-line


Seattle Linga's picture

Yeah but what's his 40 time...................

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Shangheyed's picture

I like the fact Meyer is going after some JC Elite players... helps fill the gaps and is only a 2 yr risk on a schollie... they are a bit more mature, they hopefully have gotten their Frosh away from home insanity out of there systems as well.  


JC recuiting is a great way to get a more seasoned player in an open position of need.  OL will always be that... DB as well... find the best cover guy in JC and give him a chance to be a Silver Bullet... as well keeps the new recruits on their toes... if they are not working out then JC competition might spark their fire.

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Wow 6'9 305 !!!!!!!! Dude is huge
coming from a futur DE ......"coach, what in the hell do you want me to do with this monster"? Coach says "go around him".. after getting planted in the turf 3 srt8 plays.....he goes back to coach and says "coach, tha hell with that!" Coach says "try harder" DE says back " oh nana oh no no no no no that dudes too big too strong and too fast; did I say he was too big? If not he's too big. You go do it coach im out dont know something with my knee popped sorry but im out". Coach then says "next up on DE" next DE comes up says "yeah coach watcha need"? Coach... "need ya to go play on the RDE for me". DE says "you mean that giant ox bull of a person, the half a bull"? Coach...."yeah that guy" ....DE says as he falls to the ground " ewww ouch ah man" coach says "whats wrong"?........ DE..." coach sorry man cant go my dank hurts"!!!!!!!!

LMAO :-D Hahaha

Love to get this guy in Scarlet and Gray. If anything else he could play DL and slap passes dowm or be the ground grading monster he looks like. That boy is huuuuuge big big boy love to have em

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

toad1204's picture

You might want to sit the next couple plays out... 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Wouldn't he make our starting (not saying he is just if he would) front 5 like 6'6"+ around 300+. Them some all you can eat buffet destroyers. The buffet wouldnt have anything left for the rest of the team. Them some true hog-mollies

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

OSUpawn's picture

Sound like he has a good head on his massive body.  I like that he knows a little about THE Game. 

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

Hovenaut's picture

From a torn ACL and no offers to JUCO to an OSU offer, wow.

Sounds like Palmer has some real upside to go with his size, it'd be interesting to see how he could further develop under Warriner.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Well, he definitely has two of the things that can't be taught: size and attitude/perspective. He definitely seems like a really great, humble guy.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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bucknut94's picture

Can he play basketball? Matta could use him at Center. :)