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June 9, 2003
For some, football camps present a tremendous opportunity for a prospect to show his stuff and possibly even gain the attention of a particular college staff. For others, the camps are more about fine tuning their skills and gaining verification on their talents.
Such is the case for defensive back Ryan Palmer. The blazing Arlington Bowie prospect and University of Texas commitment recently took part in the Longhorns? mini-camp, where he put on a stellar performance and had fun doing it.
?It was a really fun atmosphere. It was nice,? Palmer said. ?I thought I did pretty well when I worked out with the receivers and ran a good 40 time.?
Make that a great 40 time. The multi-sport standout posted a blistering 4.29, running on grass in front of a Texas staff that is traditionally slow with their timing trigger finger. An impressive feat to be sure, but just another day at the office for Palmer.
?I thought I ran slow too,? the 5-9, 166-pound standout said.
While in attendance, Palmer said he worked on fine-tuning some of his fundamentals and took advantage of a chance to mingle with some of the Longhorn staff.
?I got a chance to talk to the coaches. They were just making sure I still wanted to come and that I was having a good time,? he said. ?I talked to coach Akina a little bit. I think he liked what he saw. I hope so.?
So, does he still want to follow his Bowie teammate Brandon Foster (a 2003 UT signee) to the Forty Acres?
?Oh yeah, I?m solid. There?s no changing,? Palmer said.
Don?t be fooled into thinking that Palmer is only a speed guy. The lockdown corner also covers like a glove and his skills were on full display on Sunday, when he pitched a shutout in one-on-one drills against some talented wideouts.
Next on his plate is a shot at a national track title at this weekend?s adidas Outdoor Championships in Raleigh, N.C. Palmer and his Bowie teammates already hold the nation?s fastest 4X100 time this year (a 40.06 that qualifies as the third fastest high school time ever recorded) and they?re now angling to set a new national record.
?We?ve run 39.3 before put it doesn?t count since it wasn?t at the state meet,? Palmer said. ?So we know we can get the record.?