March 31, 2009

SU looking back at STA

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas kicker Michael Palardy is one of the top kickers in the class of 2010 and he has a growing offer list to prove it. One of those offers recently came from Syracuse University.

"Syracuse offered me last week," Palardy said. "My defensive coordinator for St. Thomas, his dad works for Syracuse and he told me it was coming. When I read it I was very surprised because I did not expect it at all until my coach said something to me. It made me pretty happy."

Palardy, 6-foot-0, 170 pounds does not know much about the Orange, but he has seen them play over the years.

"I have watched plenty of college football and Syracuse has always had a good football program. It is definitely something I would love to consider going there and to New York and stuff."

The Orange coaches and Palardy have not had a chance to meet yet, but the time for a meeting is coming up according to Palardy's high school defensive coordinator.

"Coach Rocco [Casullo] told me that his dad was going to be down in the spring to talk and stuff. That is pretty much what I have been told from him."

One thing Syracuse can offer that most other school can't is the chance to play in a dome with nothing to get in the way of his kicks. The STA product likes the idea of a dome, but likes playing in the elements.

"I mean it does, but when you come out and you play away games and you play some place with a lot of wind is something I would have to adapt to. A dome, playing home is a huge aspect of it and for me being a kicker it is a lot easier without any wind or any kind of weather."

Right now other than Syracuse a handful of other top schools are showing interest in Palardy.

"Alabama, Tennessee, Miami, and Southern California, and Texas are all showing interest," Palardy stated. "Southern California and Texas have not offered yet."

When it comes to putting himself up against other kickers what gives the Sunshine State prospect the overall edge?

"I am not the biggest guy and I don't have the strongest leg, but I think when it comes down to how fast the ball gets off my foot and when it does how accurate it is I think separates me from everybody else."

With that being said what are Palardy's career long field goals?

"In a game is 43 yards and in practice is 70 yards."

A decision from Palardy will not come soon as he wants to wait during the recruiting process.

"I am thinking towards the end of my senior season, if not before then soon after I will make my choice."

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