Offensive lineman Paris Palmer of Lackawanna JC in Pennsylvania announced a commitment to USC Sunday night on Twitter, one day after visiting with the Gamecocks. Beyond that, he said nothing about why he changed course and ended his recruiting earlier than planned with his pledge to the Gamecocks.
Monday night, Palmer gave us insight into his rationale.
"I just felt at home when I went there," Palmer said. "Me and (OL) coach Elliott have a real good relationship. We have a rapport because we connect so easily. I felt I matched up well with their whole coaching staff."
Palmer also pointed out the proximity to his home near Fayetteville, NC, was another key reason for choosing the Gamecocks over the likes of Penn State and Ohio State.
"It's only a three hour drive, so my mother can see me play and my family and friends," he said. "To be able to play in front of my family and friends is something I wanted to do and that played a big part in the decision too."
Palmer had originally planned to hold off on a decision and take some more visits though he knew when he found the right place he would go ahead and nail down his decision.
"When I was there, I didn't feel the need to drag it on any longer," Palmer said. "I looked at the situation at South Carolina, it was a win-win for me. I don't see any negative for me committing to South Carolina. I love the fans, I'm used to the weather and the area, and my uncle lives out there. I didn't feel the need to drag this on any longer. I let them know how I felt about the school and how I felt about the team and I wanted to commit right there."
Palmer left USC Saturday and returned to North Carolina and then went back to Lackawanna. He called Elliott and later talked to Steve Spurrier and Steve Spurrier Jr. And the message Palmer got from Elliott was to come in to USC ready to play.
"He wouldn't be bringing me in if there wasn't a chance for me to start right away," said Palmer, who has two years to play two after redshirting his first season at Lackawanna. "They are going to give me the best opportunity to do that, and I can't wait to be a part of the Gamecock nation officially."
And Palmer said now that his commitment has been made, he is shutting down all of his recruiting activity.
"I'm done. I'm 100 percent sure. I'm not decommitting at all. I'm only a Gamecock now."
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