Top kicker Palardy commits to Vols

Michael Palardy, ranked as the top kicking prospect in the nation by Scout.com, has committed to kick for Tennessee.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Palardy from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., made the announcement during a cookout at his home with family and friends on Thursday evening.

Much of Palardy’s decision was based on his visit to Knoxville for UT’s kicking camp in early June.

“When I went up to Tennessee, it speaks for itself,” said Palardy. “Knoxville is unbelievable. It’s like a home away from home.”

Palardy, a commitment for the 2010 signing class, said he was also impressed with UT coach Lane Kiffin and running backs/special teams coordinator Eddie Gran, who recruits the South Florida area.

“I love coach Kiffin and coach Gran, what they’re bringing to the table and what they’re doing with their team,” Palardy said.

He visited UT, Alabama, LSU and Florida. He held 13 scholarship offers.

“I’ve seen enough,” Palardy said. “I feel like it’s the right time. There’s no need to prolong it.”

The strong-legged Palardy kicked 98 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks, converted four-of-five field goals and made 76-of-78 extra points last season.

UT’s kickoff specialists Chad Cunningham and Britton Colquitt registered only four touchbacks in 46 attempts last season, although college kickers kick from five yards further back.

Palardy is the third of UT’s 12 commitments who can be credited to Gran. The longtime South Florida recruiter has secured commitments from two other Miami area prospects: offensive lineman Jose Jose and linebacker Ralph Williams.

UT has only one scholarship kicker on its roster: Daniel Lincoln. The junior was 10-of-18 in field goal attempt last season.

Palardy is teammates with several other UT prospects from St. Thomas Aquinas, including defensive backs Cody Riggs, Lamarcus Joyner and Keion Payne. Riggs is the younger brother of former UT tailback Gerald Riggs Jr.

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GreenDevilVol writes:

GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CT_VOL writes:

I like it!

Frank

volfan2002 writes:

This is fantastic as now opponents will have to make long drives to score and were a field goal threat when we cross the fifty yard line. This is a great pickup

pammyvol1000 writes:

I'm lovin it!! Welcome to Tennessee Michael!! wahoooooo!!

GreenDevilVol writes:

"UT’s kickoff men Chad Cunningham and Britton Colquitt registered only four touchbacks in 46 attempts last season, although college kickers kick from five yards further back."

Parlady wont even bat an eye at 5 more yards !!!!

NTNSTY writes:

Whoohoo

1manningfan writes:

IMHO this is the best pick up yet for the 2010 class! Welcome aboard Palardy glad to have ya!

Go Vols!
I Will Give My All For Tennessee Today!

Texas_Slim_Bevo writes:

Now get the #1 ranked punter for the three and outs!

ALL_VOL75 writes:

sweeeeeeeet!!!

VolFanNC writes:

Awesome! Finally someone that can kick it out of the endzone in Kickoffs...Glad to have him onboard. Just need Scroggins or Rettig to commit and we should start landing a few of the WR's.

mercuryvol writes:

Big catch.The kicker is the heart of special teams.

GreenDevilVol writes:

in response to GreenDevilVol:

"UT’s kickoff men Chad Cunningham and Britton Colquitt registered only four touchbacks in 46 attempts last season, although college kickers kick from five yards further back."

Parlady wont even bat an eye at 5 more yards !!!!

Opps,

!!!!! PALARDY !!!!!

GreenDevilVol writes:

in response to Texas_Slim_Bevo:

Now get the #1 ranked punter for the three and outs!

That is the TEXASS plan !!!

ctownvol writes:

“Knoxville is unbelievable. It’s like a home away from home.”
That's what I like to hear! Come on in son. The water is fine!

give_him_6 writes:

Why are interlopers here? If we are sooo bad and their team is soooo great that only means 2 things. Either they are scared of us or they have no life.

Well all you non Vol fans? Why hanging out on a Vol site?? No life or scared?

ctownvol writes:

in response to Texas_Slim_Bevo:

Now get the #1 ranked punter for the three and outs!

He punts quite well too. He just didn't have to do it very much in highschool.

1manningfan writes:

Is it me or does it seem our Vols are always getting a good kicker. I must say that we have been very fortunate with getting great kickers over the years ( except last years performance from Lincoln).

Hopefully Lincoln can turn it around this year and have a good season like his freshmen season.

Go Vols!

SkimMilky writes:

Can his kung-fu skills translate to punting as well?

Bigger_Al writes:

Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.

Hounddog writes:

Let's play football. GO VOLS. Hounddog

NoogaVol55 writes:

in response to GreenDevilVol:

"UT’s kickoff men Chad Cunningham and Britton Colquitt registered only four touchbacks in 46 attempts last season, although college kickers kick from five yards further back."

Parlady wont even bat an eye at 5 more yards !!!!

Agreed....move him back 5 yards will just keep him from kicking it in the 4th row. He'll only make it to the back wall now!!

notoriousBIGorange writes:

Strong running game, strong kicking game, strong defense...this is how you build a championship team! Scroggins will be next.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to Texas_Slim_Bevo:

Now get the #1 ranked punter for the three and outs!

there wont be any need for a punter,there wont be any 3 and outs lol

KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

in response to Texas_Slim_Bevo:

Now get the #1 ranked punter for the three and outs!

Still think your DC...or zroFaG...not a urine colored burnt orange turd Texas fan.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

Welcome to Big Orange Country Mike! I will be pulling for you to go out and earn the starting job! Bring some of your teammates with you. Lead them to championships in Knoxville.

cowvols writes:

welcome to big orange country michael, you have made the right decision, I look forward to watching you kick some s.e.c. butt!

Major_Magilicutty writes:

Lincoln's a head case. Always had been. His freshman season, all that was hanging by a thread. He'll either get shaken early and have a terrible season, or he'll gain some confidence and ride the wave. Either way, it'll be interesting to see how he copes with the new level of excitement and pressure to win.

FLVol writes:

I'm sure one of the FL trolls will have something negative to say...like hey why are all getting so excited about a kicker. I would say to them remember 2004 when Wilhoit kicked a 50 yarder to beat them...well...that is why.

KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

in response to chuck0303#1342365:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I LOVE THE EMOTION DUDE...."F" THE HATERS ON HERE....GO VOLS!!!!!!

IBleedOrange444 writes:

in response to KiFFiNOMiCS:

Still think your DC...or zroFaG...not a urine colored burnt orange turd Texas fan.

If your urine is Texas (imposter) orange, you should see a doctor. Maybe bu++ mud but not urine.

utvolz#637682 writes:

Welcome to the hill and the Big Orange Nation. We're ready to welcome you with open arms.....

qspr91iz writes:

Solid kicking game and great defense have won a lot of football games. Now we need some more o-lineman to join Fulton and Pair. Come on Stone, Wilson, and Leifheit we need you.
GO VOLS!!!

kiffownsfla writes:

This is AWSOME another fla student thats avol lol thankr michael. and ed gran and clk its gona be fun! GO VOLS!

ctownvol writes:

But wait a minute... I thought everybody in the state of Florida was mad and insulted. I thought after the Pahokee deal we were done getting kids from Florida. Just goes to show some people don't know what they are talking about. Great pickup for UT.

GerryOP writes:

65 -- Fear The Kiffin...

2001_Volunteer writes:

Scroggins will be a Vol. Hopefully, that's a good thing?

chaos001 writes:

ORANGE SWARM!!!

next up, Jesse Scroggins come on down!!!

vol4good#206163 writes:

Whoo Hoo!! 3rd and 8 from the 37. Now if you have a great kicker--Instead of handing off to the fulback in hopes of 4 yrds, in order to line up for a long field goal. Now Coach can let the QB fake the hand off and sling it deap! Options baby, options!!

volstuckinbama writes:

Welcome young man!!!! Come in and make a statement on and off the field. We need good young men with great character to help rebuild our BIG ORANGE COUNTRY.

1stBaseHelton writes:

Check out the coaches hat around the 3:45 mark.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNqkmr...

KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

"F" the HATERS...we are excited for EVERY RECRUIT that wants to be a VOL....PERIOD!

Be patient boys....KiFFiNOMiCS 101 has shown so far that this staff is going to pull out some big names still before it is all said and done....if Scroggins commits....then there is a very big chance that 5* WR Kyle Prater, 4* WR Markeith Ambles, 4* OT James Stone, & so on will soon follow.

teampenny#658108 writes:

Good job young man for earning a scholarship to UT. Hope you have a great career and enjoy your time at our University. Go Vols

hotrodvol writes:

Check out his punting also, he could do all three for UT(punting, kicking off, and field goals).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJPqLm...

panties4tebow writes:

Wonder were all the trolls are.....I suppose they are huddled together crying with LIL-meyer also know as PEE WEE HERMAN!!!!!!!

BBWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

HallowedHill writes:

Wow, this kid is amazing!! Phenomenal catch for us!!

CHS52VOL writes:

Wow, and double wow! This kid is one awesome kicker, Kick-offs out of the end zone more than half the time, and very good on short or long field goals. The tradition of outstanding kickers at UT begins a new era. Welcome to Tennessee, Michael Palardy. You will not regret your decision and neither will we! Go Vols!

txvolsfan writes:

in response to Texas_Slim_Bevo:

Now get the #1 ranked punter for the three and outs!

Go back to your little conference, what conference are you in? Conference USA?
about the same
Texas wouldn't win 2 games in the mighty SEC

RJ_Vol writes:

HUGE need filled...We simply cannot overstate that!

NoogaVol55 writes:

in response to txvolsfan:

Go back to your little conference, what conference are you in? Conference USA?
about the same
Texas wouldn't win 2 games in the mighty SEC

Txvols...I was worried at first when I saw a username with Texas in it talking smack and pumping up Texas Football, I thought you went Benedict Arnold on us...

Glad to know you are still all Vol!!

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