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Palma names Pac-12 favorite

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Kevin Palma recently picked up an offer from UCLA and the Bruins have jumped right to the top of the list for the Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker.
"Right now my favorite is UCLA," Palma said. "I only have four offers. As things come into play I see myself making my decision more toward the end of football season. I don't really see an early commitment.
"I love their program. They have a good linebackers coach, coach (Jeff) Ulbrich. He played in the league so he knows what it takes to get there and that's my goal."
Palma, who shined at linebacker and tight end this past weekend at the Passing Down Best of the West 7on7 tournament in Santa Maria, Calif., has offers from UCLA, Nevada, Oregon State and San Diego State and said more schools are starting to get involved in his recruitment.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect performed well at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp and the Oakland NIKE Camp and his name is getting out to coaches much more.
Palma said in recent weeks that USC, Cal and Utah have stopped by his school showing interest and that others could get in the mix soon.
Because his recruitment is just starting to take off, Palma said he's going to wait out his decision until probably much later in his senior season.
All of this is new to Palma but he's excited where it could go and at this point the Bruins are leading the way.
"It's been really exciting," Palma said.
"It was kind of unexpected when it came after the first NIKE camp but now I'm getting used to the idea of schools coming to talk to me and wanting me to go to their school."
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