MIRAMAR, Fla. — Josh Palmer is a rarity in Tennessee football’s 2017 signing class.
Never mind that he’s originally from Canada, Palmer has never been to a college football game, much less one at storied Neyland Stadium, where he’ll be suiting up this fall as an incoming receiver.
“I’ve seen video of it,” said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Palmer, who grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, before making the move to South Florida in pursuit of his football dreams. “I’ve heard about it.”
Indeed, a large part of the draw for many Vols recruits and signees is the spectacle of 100,000-plus wearing orange and white in Neyland Stadium. It’s as picturesque of a venue for college football as there is, sitting on the banks of the Tennessee River.
Palmer was originally committed to play football at Syracuse, as that different shade of orange was among the first to pursue him after a modest junior season at high school football powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas.
But then former Tennessee coach Zach Azzanni showed up at his school after the third round of the Florida High School state playoffs.
“The coaches told me it would be a good idea to consider Tennessee,” Palmer said. “I met Coach Azzanni, and things just clicked.”
Palmer welcomed SEC Country into his home Saturday night for an extended sit-down interview, via the following Facebook Live interview.
Tennessee 2017 football signee Josh Palmer talks about trek from Canada to Florida and now the Vols
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Saturday, May 20, 2017