January 30, 2012

Palmer explains his decision

Detroit Cass Tech defensive end Louis Palmer committed to Central Michigan last Sunday. Palmer is 6-foot-2, 260 pounds and held offers from CMU and Eastern Michigan. He also had interest from Akron, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Toledo. Rivals gave Palmer a two-star rating.

The offer from the Eagles came two months ago and the offer from the Chippewas came about a month ago. The Detroit native had several reasons for choosing the Chippewas over the Eagles.

"The biggest reason is the location," said Palmer. "It's not too far away from home, but it's not too close either. I like the campus. The facilities are great. I like everything is close together. I asked myself would I be happy at CMU if they changed coaching staffs and I said yes. But I love the coaches they have there right now.

Palmer visited Mount Pleasant on the weekend of January 7, the same weekend that saw Naperville (Ill.) North kicker Ron Coluzzi took an official visit to CMU and then commit shortly after he left. Palmer also visited EMU, but he did not go to any other schools.

They showed us around campus, classes and all that," said Palmer. "Honestly, when I went up there, I thought this is where I'm going. I felt comfortable."

The Chippewas are planning on keeping Palmer at his natural position of defensive end. He says his goals for his time in Mount Pleasant are to earn his degree, earn playing time, win MAC Championships and get ranked in the BCS.

Palmer comes from a high school program that has gone to the state semi-finals each of the last two years and has produced several players that have played college football or gone on to the National Football League.

"It feels good to be a part of a program like that because I know that I'm going somewhere. The coaches are good there so I know I've been taught right."

In 2011, Cass Tech went 8-3 in the regular season, but then won five games in a row in the MHSAA Division 1 state playoffs to win the state championship. Their postseason run included wins over perennial powers Warren De La Salle, Utica Eisenhower and Detroit Catholic Central.

Palmer added that he likes being the underdog and that beating Catholic Central felt like icing on the cake and that he would not want to beat any other team because Catholic Central is known for winning championships.

"Man it felt good," said the Cass Tech senior. "It was the greatest feeling in the world. No one thought we were going to win it because we lost three games and we got blown out in the first game. Everybody jumped off the bandwagon after the first game and then we started winning through the season, then we won through the playoffs and then we blow Catholic Central out. Come on now, that's not supposed to happen."

The Detroit native was a part of a historically talented and productive defense this fall. After allowing 43 points in a blowout loss to Farmington Hills Harrison in their first game of the season, Cass Tech gave up an average of 7.15 points per game the rest of the way. That included giving up just 29 total points in five playoff games.

Including Palmer, there are eight other players that played defense for Cass Tech this fall that have committed to play FBS football next season: four-star linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Michigan), four-star defensive back Terry Richardson (Michigan), three-star athlete Ruben Lile (Iowa), two-star defensive back Brandon Berry (Buffalo), two-star defensive tackle Darryl Goldsmith (Kent State), two-star linebacker Laron Taylor (Iowa) and two-star defensive back Will Rembert (Buffalo).

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