Dominant Play

Chris Palmer

Defensive lineman Chris Palmer made his second trip to West Virginia last weekend for WVU's one day rising senior camp.

Palmer, a big defensive line prospect from St. John Neumann High School in Philadelphia, was easily the best line prospect on the field. He dominated in one-on-one drills and showed the agility and power that have made him a top target of several schools. While pads and helmets aren't allowed at summer camps, thus limiting contact, Palmer still demonstrated why West Virginia, along with schools such as Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota and North Carolina State have offered scholarships.

The Pennsylvania star wasn't totally satisfied with his performance, however.

"I think I played well, but I can do better," said Palmer, displaying the sort of drive that has helped make him one of the Keystone State's top prospects. "I think I can do better."

Palmer admitted that playing without pads can make it difficult for linemen to show everything they can do.

"It is sort of tough," he said as he considered the differences of playing sans football gear. "I can't use my power very much. I did use my speed, and that's one place where the camps help a lot. They help you concentrate on your speed and on your technique."

Palmer used the time on the field to his advantage, coming away with more knowledge about play along the defensive front.

"Coach Kirelawich taught me a few new techniques on the speed rush, and I will definitely use those in games," said Palmer, again showing that he is not resting on his achievements to date.

The visit also did nothing to hurt West Virginia's standing as the top school on Palmer's list.

"This was the second time I have been to West Virginia. I was down there for junior day, and I have a very good relationship with the coaches. Coach Kirlav and I are really tight, and Coach Rodriguez and I get along well. In fact, I'm really cool with a lot of the coaches. West Virginia is still number one on my list."

Palmer hasn't set any plans to attend any other camps, and could make his college choice as early as July. His plan is to have that decision salted away before the start of his senior season. He also continues to talk with fellow Philadelphia defensive line prospect Jewhan Edwards about playing together in college. Edwards, like Palmer has strong interest in West Virginia.

"We would definitely like to play on the same team in college," Palmer said with enthusiasm. "With Jewhan on the nose and me at defensive tackle, that would be crazy. Teams would have a tough time running it on us."

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