Enka junior Jasmine Palmer’s family relocated to Western North Carolina from Palm City, Fla., when she was 10 years old.
Palmer admits to desiring a return to the Sunshine State. And it turns out that her softball ability has made that wish come true.
Palmer committed to Florida State while on an unofficial visit to Tallahassee, Fla., last weekend, becoming one of the area’s youngest-ever ACC recruits in any sport.
Palmer was an All-Mountain Athletic Conference shortstop last spring after batting .443 with 26 RBIs, 23 runs scored, six stolen bases and five home runs. As a sophomore, she was also part of the Citizen-Times All-WNC team as well as a N.C. Softball Coaches Association all-region and all-state selection.
“I was open to everyone who recruited me, but it’s always been my dream to go to Florida State,” Palmer said. “It’s awesome and it’s very surreal. I grew up in Florida, and every since I left, it’s been my hope that one day I could go back.”
Palmer was integral to a MAC 3-A championship for Enka (19-5) last season, but she really caught the eye of most college scouts with her time playing travel softball for the Carolina Elite out of Greenville, S.C.
Palmer’s coaches for that 16 and under team are Dana Fusetti and Tony Genovese.
Outside of her time at Enka, Palmer also plays some second base and outfield.
“This is so exciting for our program and for Western North Carolina,” Enka coach Jennifer Kruk said.
“It gave me cold chills when Jasmine called to tell me.”
Palmer was joined on last season’s All-WNC team by junior catcher Jordan Harris and sophomore pitcher Courtney Pearson. Their return alone should ensure that Enka is once again one of the top local teams in 2014.
“I’m very excited,” Palmer said. “We should be very good. I can’t wait for the season to get here.”
Palmer is only the second current WNC softball player to make a college commitment, joining North Buncombe senior Monica Taylor (UNC Wilmington).