Parkview's Palmer commits to Clemson football

Parkview tight end Michael Palmer liked the direction of Clemson's offense, so he gave the Tigers' football program a commitment on Monday.

Palmer chose Clemson over another ACC school, Virginia. The 6-foot-5, 238-pounder had scholarship offers from both of his top two programs, but he felt better about the Tigers.

"My opportunity to play is a lot better at Clemson and I really like the coaching staff," Palmer said. "Those are two important things. They have a new offensive coordinator, he will be in his second year next year. He uses two and three tight ends all the time."

Clemson assistant coach Ron West made an in-house visit with the Palmers last week and it was followed by an unofficial visit to Clemson by the Parkview senior. He still hasn't taken his official visit there, but plans to take it the Jan. 13 weekend.

He took his official to Virginia, a much longer road trip, two weeks ago.

"That Clemson was close (to home) was just an extra positive," Palmer said. "It wasn't the deciding factor. But it's definitely nice to be close."

As a senior, Palmer caught 21 passes (second-best among Gwinnett tight ends) for 358 yards and five touchdowns for the Panthers, who reached the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals.