Pulaski Robinson wide receiver/cornerback Nathan Page (6-0, 170) has only played two high school football games so far, but it is clear to see that he is a Division I prospect.
Page rolled up 168 yards of total offense with a receiving touchdown as well as three tackles and an interception in his visiting team’s 55-35 win overt CAC Friday night with Arkansas assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr. looking on.
In the Senators’ season-opening 50-16 win over Bauxite, Page had 120 yards receiving, eight tackles and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.
“I just catch the ball when it is thrown to me,” Page said. “If I get near it, I am going to catch it. I need to work on being more of a leader, but that will come with time as I learn to talk more and be vocal.
Pulaski Robinson head coach Todd Eskola is obviously very high on the young man.
“I don’t say things like this very lightly, but I have been coaching for 21 years and I have never seen a player with as much athletic ability and potential as Nathan has,” Eskola said before the season started.
“He’s about 5-11 right now, but if he grows to about 6-3 by the time he gets to be a senior, he will have a scholarship offer from every major football team in America.
“Coaches were coming up to me at the Garrett Uekman (7-on-7) Tournament and saying that he was best player on the field. Not the best sophomore, but the best player.
“He has a chance to be more than special. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are about coaching him.”
Page, whose team hosts Class 7A Rogers Heritage next week, already has college teams paying attention.
“Arkansas, Auburn, TCU, Mississippi State, Alabama are some that have let me know they are watching me,” Page said.
Arkansas commit and Pulaski Academy star T.J. Hammonds, who had 6 carries for 62 yards before leaving with a muscle strain late in the first quarter, is a big fan of Page’s as well.
“Nathan is a great player,” noted Hammonds, who had 10 carries for 200 yards and 3 catches for 135 yards in the season opener. “I am glad he is on my team and I think he has a great future.”
Pulaski Robinson got a big game from senior quarterback Brennan Johnson, who had accounted for eight touchdowns in the win with Hammond and junior Miles Fells both injured.
Johnson (5-11, 185) was 11-of-17 passing for 196 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 103 yards and five more scores.
“We just had to come together and push through,” Page said. “We have a great quarterback in Brennan Johnson. He made plays, he made me make plays.”
Page feels like the Senators have the talent to win the Class 5A state title.
“I think we are going to state and I think we are going to win state to be honest,” Page said. “We have great senior leaders, our team is a family and we have just come together and we play hard.”
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• Jordan Jones, WR, 6-3, 180, Smackover: The Arkansas 2016 pledge had 6 catches for 105 yards with a 51-yard touchdown as his team downed Gurdon 43-0.
• Austin Capps, OL-DL, 6-5, 304, Star City: The Razorback 2016 defensive line commit played eight snaps on defense and had two tackles while also recording six pancake blocks on offense as his team beat Lake Village 56-7.
• Kofi Boateng, WR, 6-3, 180, Arlington, Texas, Lamar: Another 2016 Arkansas WR pledge, Boateng had 4 catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
• McTelvin Agim, DE, 6-3, 270, Hope: Agim, a star defensive player and Razorback commit, has also flourished as a really big Wildcat quarterback this season and had 4 carries for 89 yards with a 60-yard touchdown run in his team’s 23-6 win over Ashdown.
• Devin White, TB, 6-1, 260, Springhill, La., North Webster: White had 6 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown and also had 52-yard punt return for a score in a 27-0 win.
• Devwah Whaley, TB, 5-11, 210, Beaumont, Texas, Central: An Arkansas recruiting target, Whaley rushed 18 times for 141 yards in his team’s 28-12 loss to Summer Creek on Saturday.
• D’Vaughn Pennamon, TB, 5-11, 200, Manvel, Texas: Pennanon’s team had a bye this week.
• Isaiah Graham, WR, 6-3, 180, Bastrop, La.: Graham had 3 catches for 49 yards and also had a long touchdown called back because of one of his team's whopping 32 penalties as visiting Bastrop whipped Shiloh Christian 42-22 on Friday.
• Brennan Johnson, QB, 5-10, 185, Pulaski Robinson: With Arkansas commit T.J. Hammonds (6 carries, 52 yards) hurt early, Johnson had a monster game while accounting for eight touchdowns in his team’s 55-35 win over CAC.
The senior was 11-of-17 for 215 yards and three scores and rushing 19 times for 181 yards and five more scores. Pulaski Robinson was also without junior running back Miles Fells, who was out with an injury.
• Nathan Page, WR-CB, 6-0, 170, Pulaski Robinson: Page had 168 yards of total offense and a receiving touchdown as well as three tackles and an interception in his team’s win
• Taylor Powell, QB, 6-1, 180, Fayetteville: Powell completed 22-of-29 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns and the junior rushed for another score as his visiting Purple Bulldogs hammered North Little Rock 53-14.
• Kollian Jackson, QB, 6-1, 195, Little Rock Parkview: A junior and the son of former NFL tight end Keith Jackson, he was 11-of-17 passing for 196 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed 15 times for 103 yards and two scores as Parkview downed Little Rock Fair 41-0.
• Josh Johnson, WR, 5-10, 170, Central Arkansas Christian: Another junior, Johnson had 11 catches for 100 yards in his team’s 55-35 loss to Pulaski Robinson.
• Hayden Johnson, FB, 6-3, 255, Columbia, Mo., Rockbridge: The Arkansas fullback commit was banged up and only got to play defense in his team's 27-19 win over Lee's Summit.