One school has already offered Pittsboro (N.C.) Northwood athlete Tobias Palmer according to his head coach Bill Hall. Plenty of other colleges are taking an interest in the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder after he rushed for 1,700 yards and 34 touchdowns along with five interceptions on defense.
"Tobias is an explosive running back that has great quickness and excellent speed," he stated. "Defensively he's got a great nose for the ball and I think that's where he'll make his play in college. He's got a knack for reading the play and of course his speed helps him tremendously.
"Off the field, he's a good kid and a yes sir no sir type of person. He's a leader on the field by his actions and one of the most popular kids in school due to his personality. He's also a pretty good student."
Palmer was two time offensive player of the year in the conference along with all-area and all-state as a junior.
Who has offered the North Carolina product so far?
"He's been offered by North Carolina State's old staff with Chuck Amato," he said. "Tom O'Brien has already seen him and the offer still stands. He been a big fan of State for a while since he was born and raised in Raleigh, but it's by no means a done deal. That is just his first choice."
Other schools including Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson and Tennessee have shown an interest in Palmer.
He plans to attend the Shrine Bowl combine later this spring.
Tobias isn't the only Palmer getting looks from Northwood, his cousin 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete Bernard Palmer is starting to receive interest.
"Recruiting is starting to pick up for him," he said. "There's a lot of film out there on Tobias and they are noticing Bernard too including North Carolina State and North Carolina."
Last season the junior prospect accounted for 1,250 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense.
"He's a sleeper and not as fast as Tobias, but that's the only area he's behind him in," he said. "His attitude is unbelievable. He's still a young football player and the more he learns the better he gets. When Tobias went out with an injury, Bernard stepped in and we didn't lose a beat."
Do the cousins want to play together in college?
"They are real close friends," he said. "They hang out together and it could be important in both of their decisions."