D.J. Palmer (Many High School) is the epitome of a dual-threat QB. The 6-foot, 195-pound senior is the leading rusher (1,211 yards and 12 TDs on 137 carries through seven games) for the 2A Tigers, but Palmer can also sling the football accurately.
The senior signal-caller has completed 50-of-80 passes for 758 yards and 15 TDs (with only four interceptions). And Palmer has a couple of nice targets in blue-chip TE Nic Jacobs and standout Jr. WR Rod Davis.
"The season is going good," said Palmer, who holds an offer from Northwestern St. and is also hearing from McNeese St. and Central Arkansas, among other schools.
"McNeese is probably my favorite right now," Palmer said. "I like the coaches, campus, and atmosphere at McNeese."
Palmer, who likely projects as a safety or running back on the next level, has a 95-yard TD run to his credit this year for the 7-1 Tigers. He patterns his game after Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech.
"D.J. is a running back who has turned into a pretty good quarterback," said Many High School head coach Keith Menard.
"He also plays some safety for us. At the beginning of the year, D.J. was hampered by a high ankle sprain, but we were eventually able to turn him loose."
In fact, Palmer rushed for a mind-boggling 371 yards on only 14 carries earlier in the season (vs. DeQuincy). In that game, the senior QB had runs of 70, 80, and 95 yards.
Palmer, like his teammates Jacobs and Davis, also excels on the basketball court.
He's developed a rapport over the years with the two star Many receivers.
"It's fun to throw the football to Nic," Palmer said. "He's a really big target.
"Rod is my go-to man. When I need a big-play, I turn to him."
Palmer hasn't taken any official visits yet and says that he is interested in hearing from any schools.
"Most schools are probably looking at D.J. on the defensive side of the ball," said Menard, "but it would be hard to pass up - giving him a look at RB. He's fast and teams really struggle to tackle him in the open field."
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