Walter Palmore played just one season of high school football.
Three years later, the nation’s No. 85 juco prospect, from Eastern Arizona College, is looking to be set in the rotation for Missouri.
Because of grades, Palmore could only play his senior season at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia, but he drew collegiate interest that year. He spent his redshirt season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before playing two seasons at EAC.
In 2016, Palmore had 35 total tackles with three quarterback sacks, 1½ tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
“This year is only my fourth year playing real, intense football, and it’s my first year playing in the (Southeastern Conference), which is a whole new meaning of intense,” Palmore said. “It just shows I’m a hard worker and I’ll do anything to play at the top level. I don’t think only playing one year in high school has put me at a disadvantage.”
His new teammates and coaches certainly don’t think so, either.
Junior defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. has been impressed with Palmore’s athletic ability since Palmore started practicing late last week after clearance from the NCAA.
“He can add a lot,” Beckner Jr. said. “He’s very physical, a good athlete, a great worker and he loves to listen, so he’s going to be pretty good.”
Defensive line coach Brick Haley also sees good things in Palmore, who stands 6-foot-4.
“He’s picking up the scheme quickly, so I think he’s going to be a guy that we hope can give us some valuable minutes,” Haley said at Monday’s practice. “He has the…
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