June 30, 2009
Palardy talks pending decision
It was neat at first -- all the attention from college coaches and reporters. Thirteen offers, thousands of miles and countless phone calls later, coveted kicker Michael Palardy can't wait for it all to come to an end.
Which should happen over the next few days, the 6-foot, 170-pounder told VolQuest.com on Monday evening.
"I have it down to Tennessee and LSU. I'm thinking later on in the week, Thursday or Friday," said Palardy, who visited LSU last weekend and earlier this month toured UT's campus and facilities with his family.
"I've pretty much seen all there is to see in both places, and I know like I told you before, coach (Eddie) Gran is a real Christian guy. I know he'll take care of me. For me it's going to come down to where I feel the most comfortable and where I fit in best. Not the amount of playing time that I get because wherever I go I'm going to compete. I don't expect anything to be given to me. It's going to be where my heart lies and where I feel happy comfortable."
Crediting his parents for the foundation they provided and support throughout the process, Palardy said that their comfort level in Palardy getting support in all phases of college also is a critical element to his recruitment.
"It's real important. My family, my parents have had a huge impact on my life and the decisions I make in my life," he said. "It's not just me getting the feel but them getting the feel for what's in store for their son. I know in them talking to coach Gran and coach (Lane) Kiffin, they know what Tennessee is capable of. They're going to make sure I'm in the right place doing the right things and being with the right people. I don't think it gets any better than that. My family has put their input in my decision-making. In the end it's obviously up to me, but they've told me what they like and don't like. That's been a huge part of the whole process. It's a long process, but that's a huge part of it."
Now, thankfully, it's a process drawing to a close.
"I've been waiting for it for a long time," Palardy said of reaching his decision. "Ever since I got my first two official offers, I was like this is going to be a long process in talking to people who have gone through it before. At first it was fun and exciting and then it gets kind of stressful. All these thoughts run through your head. It's getting to the point now where I'm getting antsy. I kind of want to get this whole thing over with and to go back to living my normal life and kicking and working hard."
That time isn't far off for Palardy, who already has narrowed 13 offers down to just two -- and will rest on a final decision before week's end.
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