O-D Bowl: Kevin Palma
Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker Kevin Palma is in Houston for Sunday's Offense-Defense Bowl, where he will be playing with the National Team. "It's been a great experience so far. I'm with a great group of guys and we're having lots of fun. We had that autograph signing and there were lots of kids asking about college, so that was cool. It's been crazy, all the different accents and sayings and stuff. It's a great mesh," he said. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound prospect is the sole Stanford commit participating in the game, but he's had the chance to meet a few players he'll be going against over the next few years. "I've got a couple of guys who are going to UCLA (Caleb Benenoch, Mossi Johnson), California (Chad Whitener), so we'll be playing in the same conference. We're getting to know each other," he said. Palma committed to the Cardinal's program in mid-October and enjoyed watching his future team on their journey to the Pac-12 Championship. "It was great to watch them as the season unfolded. My favorite game to watch was the one against Oregon because I'm a linebacker and watching the defense play was great to watch," he said. Though he played on both sides of the ball in high school (at tight end, as well), Palma will most likely be on defense at Stanford. "I'll probably be at outside linebacker, but I just want to get my first shot at playing. It doesn't really matter where I play. Hopefully it'll be outside. I might get to see some offense, but I'll likely play defense," he said. Palma, who is solid in his commitment, will take his official visit to Palo Alto in January and will move to campus in July. This week, Palma is looking to finish his high school career with a win. "My senior season went all right. It didn't go exactly as planned; I got hurt during the year and missed a game and we lost in the semi-finals, but I love my team. I think my biggest improvement came mentally. This year I read the field better and made some big plays, jump ball type situations, so I think I did well," he said.