Offensive lineman Paris Palmer released a statement on Friday to explain his decision to change his commitment from South Carolina to Penn State.
Palmer (6-foot-8, 330 pounds), a native of Plymouth, N.C., just wrapped up his time at Lackawanna (Penn.) College. He had committed to the Gamecocks in March but decided this week to drop that pledge. He intends to sign with the Nittany Lions next week during the junior college signing period.
Palmer's decommitment leaves USC with 27 commitments for the 2015 class, and it reduces the offensive line take to three.
He released this statement Friday night via Twitter:
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"I have decided to officially decommit from South Carolina. I just want to thank all the coaches from SC that gave me the opportunity to be a part of their program. To all the fans in the gamecock nation I just want to say that this decision wasn't one that came easily. At the end of the day I had to go with my gut feeling and make what I thought was the best move for me and my family down the road.
I know I may have changed some views of me from fans' perspective and that is not my intention. I just want to say thank u to everyone who wished me good luck and I wish nothing but the best to all of you. God bless.
This is my life, my moment, my opportunity, my destiny and I have to follow my own path and my pathway is leading me to Penn State University. I was asked why PSU and I asked why not PSU? After all we share a common denominator: 'fall from favor.'
When I was a senior in high school I tore my ACL and my meniscus. Soon after that all the interest from D1 schools faded, leaving me with doubt and questions about my football future. I started over from rehab to where I am today with nothing but determination and perseverance. I now appreciate this sport, this gift so much more than I ever could before because I know what it's like to have it taken away.
The chance to rebuild a historic and prestigious program to its once glorious past was something I couldn't pass up."