Palma discusses SDSU offer

Kevin Palma

Three-star outside linebacker Kevin Palma from Mission Oak HS (Tulare, Calif.) picked up an offer from San Diego State on Thursday. He discusses his new offer, his dual-threat ability, Aztecs 3-3-5 defense and much more.

Three-star outside linebacker Kevin Palma from Mission Oak HS (Tulare, Calif.) picked up an offer from San Diego State on Thursday.

"Getting that San Diego State offer was great because it was my first in-state offer," Palma said. "It's still quite away from where I live but I've been to the San Diego area, it's really nice, love the weather down there."

Palma is a dual-threat as he plays both outside linebacker and tight end but is currently being recruited as a linebacker.

"I'm undersized as a tight end so that's why I feel like I'm being overlooked as a tight end," Palma said.

At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Palma is being recruited as a linebacker to San Diego State.

"I talked to the quarterback coach," Palma said. "He told me that they are recruiting me as a linebacker because they run a pro-style offense and he sees their tight end as a bigger person."

Playing tight end has only helped Palma make the transition to the defensive side of the ball that much easier.

"I started originally as a tight end and since I know some of their tendencies and what to do in situations that I would do to get around a linebacker it makes me feel more comfortable playing linebacker knowing what to expect," Palma explained.

Last season for Mission Oak HS, Palma had double-digit touchdown receptions as a tight end and for the most part played defensive end.

"I didn't really get to play a whole lot of linebacker this year as my coach saw me as shutting down one side of the field as a defensive end with my size, strength and speed," Palma said. "I only got to play linebacker for a couple games but I feel I did fairly well but I didn't really get to focus in and be a linebacker throughout the whole year."

While Palma doesn't have much experience as a linebacker, he still brings a lot to the football field.

"I feel I'm really good in pass coverage especially in zones and ability to make plays on the ball," Palma said.

That being said, he knows he has much to work on.

"I wish my footwork as little bit better and maybe little more open field tackling because I've been caught out of position for a few tackles that I've missed this past season," Palma said.

The outside linebacker was excited to hear about the Aztecs playing a 3-3-5 defense.

"Coach told me how they like to run the 3-3-stack, how they bring a lot of blitzing and want me to drop back in coverage or get after the quarterback, which is what I love to do as a linebacker," Palma said.

Palma also holds offers from Nevada and Oregon State. He plans on going to the UCLA and SDSU camps with no visits planned at the moment.

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