Defensive Tackle, Maryland on Same Page

2011 defensive tackle Al Page talks about his visit to College Park last weekend for Junior Day.

Highly recruited defensive tackle Al Page had the opportunity to visit one of his top schools this past weekend when he attended Maryland's junior day.

“It was a real good experience,” said the Christopher Columbus HS (N.Y.) product. “I got to hang out with the coaching staff, and I watched their spring practice.”

Page said he enjoyed talking with defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo and especially head coach Ralph Friedgen.

“My favorite thing was the one-on-one meeting with Coach Friedgen,” said Page. “We talked about how my grades are looking. We talked about, basically, my academics, because that's what he thought was most important: me getting a full degree if I went to Maryland.

“I think he's a good guy,” said Page about Friedgen. “Because beyond on the football field, he wants me to get my education and to be better as a person.”

Academics are also among the major factors for Page in choosing a school.

“The factors for me are my environment, where I'm going to be surrounded, the area,” he said. “And my academics, because those are the most important things to me. Because I have to be comfortable where I'm at. I'm going to be there for four years.”

While the Bronx native had high praise for the Maryland staff, the coaches are just as impressed with the 2011 prospect.

“When I was talking to Sollazzo, he just kept saying I'm an animal and stuff,” Page said.

Page, who stands in at 6'3” and weighs 290 pounds, believes that his quickness is a major asset, helping him to “disturb the middle” and get into the backfield.

The lineman revealed the schools that are currently the leading candidates to land his combination of size and quickness.

“I would say my favorite schools are Rutgers, Maryland, and Penn State,” said Page, who plans to attend camps at these schools this summer. He currently holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Syracuse, and Kansas.

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