JC DB Taikwon Paige Commits To Minnesota

Taikwon Paige, a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Georgia Military College, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to the program. Paige visited the campus for the Minnesota-Michigan game. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a 9-2 mark, a spot in the inaugural Mississippi Bowl and a #3 ranking by the NJCAA.

Taikwon Paige shined as a two-sport athlete at Aiken (SC) High. Paige, who played both wide receiver and defensive back, was named to the 2006 Shrine Bowl, pitting the best South Carolina football players against the best North Carolina standouts. He was one of 25 players named 2006 Palmetto Champions All-Stars by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association and was selected to the South Carolina AP All-State football team. Paige was named all-region and all-state in both his junior and senior years.

Paige was named Athlete of the Week as he led the Hornets to a 20-19 defeat of Georgia's then-No. 1 ranked high school team Camden County. The win snapped Camden County's 58-game winning streak. Paige had three interceptions and caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Paige was also a track and field standout. He finished seventh in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash at the state qualifier as a high school senior. Unfortunately, he suffered a muscle pull during the South Carolina high school track and field championships. He pulled a groin muscle during the 200-meter race and finished last in the 100-meter dash at the state tournament. He was named all-region and all-state in both his junior and senior years and he was the track team's MVP as a junior.

Paige has excellent speed with a 4.4 forty time and he has run a 10.85 100-yard dash.

Paige had six interceptions as a freshman, but teams tended to throw the ball away from him this past season.

Paige picked Minnesota over interest from Oklahoma State, UAB, Eastern Carolina, Western Michigan, Rutgers and Kentucky. The Gophers are also recruiting teammate Torrey Ball.


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