James, Palmer to play in East-West All-Star Game

<B>Geron James</b>

N.C. State signees Geron James and Doug Palmer will play in the 57th annual NCCA Oasis Shrine East-West All-Star Football Game July 20th at 8:00.

NCPrepReport.com: 2005 East-West All-Star Game Football Roster

N.C. State signees Geron James and Doug Palmer will play in the 57th annual NCCA Oasis Shrine East-West All-Star Football Game July 20th at 8:00. Both Wolfpack signees will be playing for the East All-Stars.

James, a 6'4 wide receiver from Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC, starred as a senior for the Screaming Eagles, finishing the year with 43 receptions for 920 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He has the combination of speed, long arms and jumping ability that could potentially make him a huge factor in the passing game for years to come.

"I'm going to bring that deep threat," James said after inking with the Wolfpack. "That's going to be my role. I feel I've got the total package. I have the speed, the height, and the hands. I'm trying to do something with this team."

"Geron has learned how to use his big frame and basketball background to go up and grab the ball at its highest point over shorter defenders," Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit said. "With soft hands, and great body control, James has plenty of potential as a deep threat on underthrown balls and his ability to move once he has the ball on the ground allows him to make good cuts and cross the face of defenders."

James chose the Wolfpack over offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and East Carolina among others.

Offensive Lineman Doug Palmer

Palmer, a 6'3, 290-pound interior lineman from Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, NC, had an outstanding senior season as an offensive and defensive tackle for the Eagles. Palmer was the only player who earned 2004 All-Mid Southeastern Conference honors on both sides of the ball.

"I just like to play," Palmer said when asked what it takes to excel along the interior line. "I want to make plays, and I think it comes down to just being tougher than everybody else."

"One of the things you want from an interior lineman is an ability to play well in a confined space and an ability to pickup and maintain blocks," Scout.com ACC Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit remarked after seeing Palmer at last year's Shrine Bowl. "Palmer does a great job of doing just that, absorbing long arms and picking up things going on at the second level."

Palmer chose the Wolfpack over East Carolina and North Carolina.

Other notable players participating in the All-Star game include North Carolina signee Darrius Massenburg of Roanoke Rapids, East Carolina signee Dominique Lindsay of Charlotte Independence, and Wake Forest signee Ted Randolph of Davie County.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM at Greensboro (NC) Grimsley High School's Jamieson Stadium.

The West won last year's game 10-7, but the East leads the all-time series 30-25-1.

Film Session: Geron James and Doug Palmer

#80 Geron James



#74 Doug Palmer



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