Trey Palmer was the source of fireworks at LSU’s most recent high school prospects camp last month in Baton Rouge, La., and the budding Class of 2019 wide receiver was rewarded with a scholarship offer.
The 6-foot, 165-pound rising sophomore didn’t take that show of faith lightly, either. Rather, the offer provided early clarity in his recruitment by making the in-state Tigers the program to beat.
“Earning an offer … it meant a lot,” Palmer told SEC Country. “That was my dream to get an offer from LSU … I am very high on LSU.”
Palmer nabbed his offer on June 10 following the second day of LSU’s camp. Coach Les Miles personally delivered it, but it was one of his assistant coaches that stole the show.
After Palmer spoke with Miles in his office one-on-one, defensive line coach and area recruiter Ed Orgeron burst with excitement — a sequence that left quite the lasting impression on the young wideout.
“It was awesome to hear that you had gotten an offer from one of the best coaches in college football,” Palmer said. “It (the reaction) was awesome. It was like they were all excited for me, and Coach O — he was crazy. He was happy and he told me that I’m going to be like a child of his own. That meant everything to me.”
Orgeron had been recruiting the 4-star wideout since he was an eighth-grader. Since then, he and Palmer have developed a very strong relationship.
Now it’s Palmer’s goal to do the same with wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who was a close observer during the camp and, at times, devoted much of his attention to the Kentwood (La.) High School product.
Palmer plans on returning to LSU for its second prospect camp later this month to prove that the team’s decision to offer him was justified, and also to further build his bond with Craig.
“I just want to do even better this time,” Palmer explained. “And I want to get to know Coach Craig a little bit more. It’s very important because I want to start as a freshman when I get there, and I’m going to have to bond with him and work for it.”
Palmer has LSU high up on his wish list at the moment, but is not yet ready to finalize his decision. The soon-to-be sophomore has another SEC offer — from Mississippi State — and wants to take his time with the recruiting process before making a commitment.
Nonetheless, the in-state power holds an obvious edge largely because of how Palmer believes he fits in on the field. The receiver showed as much during the June camp, and the feeling was mutual.
“I feel like I showed off on the field,” Palmer said of his performance. “I fit in pretty well. I block pretty well, I have good speed and good hands.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.