Paige Speaks About Landing Kansas Offer

Marion, Iowa Linn-Mar High's Marcus Paige entered this summer on the rise. That ascension continued on Thursday night when the '12 PG received a scholarship offer from Kansas. Paige talked with Hawkeye Insider about the latest development in his recruitment.

After playing phone tag for the last month, Marcus Paige finally connected with Kansas Coach Bill Self on Thursday night. The conversation proved fruitful.

"He told me that I was the point guard he wanted in the 2012 Class," Paige said. "He said the scholarship was on the table."

Paige added the Jayhawks' offer to those he's received from Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, to name a few. The Linn-Mar High (Marion, Iowa) product has been ranked as a four-star recruit by and the No. 2 point guard nationally in the ‘12 Class.

"I've talked with Coach (Joe) Dooley and Coach Self a lot," the 6-foot, 155-pounder said. "They've been recruiting me pretty hard the last few months. I wouldn't say I was surprised by the offer, but I also didn't see it coming."

Paige, who plays with the Martin Brothers AAU program, felt good about the Kansas offer.

"It was pretty exciting," he said. "They've been one of the best programs in the history of the game. It showed me that some of my hard work is paying off."

Some of the immediate reaction from Iowa and Iowa State fans when Kansas offered Paige was that the in-state schools were all but out of the race for his services.

"I don't pay much attention to that stuff," Paige said. "I'm still wide open. I can understand why people would speculate about that, but I'm still going to wait to make my decision."

Paige said he likely won't choose a school until this time next year.

"I'd like it to be before my senior year," he said. "I certainly don't see a decision coming in the near future."

Paige will be unofficially visiting Iowa City when the Hawkeye football team plays host to rival Iowa State on Sept. 11 at Kinnick Stadium.

"I'd say my relationship with Iowa is good," Paige said. "I've talked with Coach (Andrew) Francis a couple of times and with Coach (McCaffery) a couple of times."

Paige's AAU teammates, Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell, also top prospects in the ‘12 Class, are expected to join him in Iowa City on Sept. 11.

"I really can't speak for them, but my decision will be based on the best fit for me," Paige said. "I think all of our decisions will be separate. That said, there is a possibility that a couple of us could end up at the same place."

McCaffery and Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg took over their respective programs this spring. They'll likely need to show some quick progress to compete for Paige.

"That's probably going to be a big part of my decision," Paige said. "I've gotten to know both staffs pretty well. I'm excited to see how they coach and how they do. That will probably go a long way in making my decision."

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