Cal added depth and size to a position that needs both, signing 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle Chris Palmer of Lawrenceville, Ga., to a financial aid agreement.
Palmer played high school ball at Collins Hill High School in the Atlanta in the fall of 2011 and 2012 and is attending the Naval Preparatory School this year.
As the Bears finished spring ball a week ago, the team’s top four defensive tackles have never played in a major college game. Junior Mustafa Jalil, who sat out spring ball, is expected back in August after missing last season due to a knee injury. And sophomore Jacobi Hunter’s status is in question after he took personal leave from the team a couple weeks ago.
Palmer earned preseason All-State honors prior to his senior season and played in the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Football Game. He was a second-team All-Region selection in 2011.
“We are excited to have Chris as part of the Cal football program,” coach Sonny Dykes said. “He’s a good fit for us both academically and athletically. On the field, he will give us some size inside. We were fortunate to find him.”
Palmer’s addition boosts Cal’s 2014 class to 23 players, class 13 of them on the defensive side of the ball.