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Palma back from Stanford

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Kevin Palma made it no secret that once Stanford offered it had become a favorite and after his official visit there this past weekend the Cardinal look to be in even better shape.
The Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker said he had an outstanding visit to Stanford especially because so many other commits were also on campus and he got an early chance to build some new friendships.
"It was a great weekend," Palma said.
"We had a majority of the commits there so it was a great time to meet the guys in my class and just get to know the coaches a little bit better and some of the players that are already there."
The messages from the coaching staff were encouraging to Palma, who was also considering Oregon State, Colorado and others through his recruitment.
However, once Stanford offered in the fall the Cardinal jumped to the front and the three-star made his commitment in mid-October.
"They just wanted us to work hard right now and to strive for success," Palma said. "That's what they told us, not to be content to be accepted to the university, but to be the person to start as a true freshman. They wanted us to work hard and be all that we can be."
No other visits are being considered by Palma, rated as the No. 29 inside linebacker in the 2013 class by Rivals.com.
He has about 10 other offers but he said Stanford is the place for him and the Tulare Mission Oak standout doesn't sound like someone who's considering any other programs.
"I'm extremely excited to get up there," Palma said.
"It's just a great atmosphere, a great group of guys. We all have a similar mindset where we want to win and academics are also important to us as well. I'm excited to be around all the guys that are more like me."
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