North Carolina left a strong impression on Solon Page III when the linebacker visited Chapel Hill on Thursday.
“I like the school, I like the football program, I liked it all,” Page said. “It’s definitely a place that I will consider going to.”
Page, a 6-foot-2, 192-pounder from Marietta (Ga.) Kell, isn’t prepared to name favorite schools. But, he would admit that UNC, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wake Forest are sticking out among his dozen offers.
“Those six don’t really have anything in common, other than I really like the coaching staff and I really like the school,” Page said.
In addition to UNC, Page has visited Tennessee and Virginia this spring. This Saturday, he plans to return to Knoxville for the Volunteers' spring game. He also has an upcoming trip scheduled to Rutgers, where his cousin, Kandon Burton, played.
Page had always wanted to visit UNC. But the lack of an offer kept the trip from materializing. Thus, the wheels were put into motion when the Tar Heels offered a couple of weeks ago.
“When they offered me and said they really wanted me on campus, that’s what really set it off for me to go and visit,” Page said. “Coach [Tray] Scott offered me over the phone. He said that they reviewed my film multiple times and they saw that I’m a ball player, but the whole coaching staff had to sign off on it before they offered me.”
Fortunately for both Page and UNC, Page was on spring break the week after he procured the offer. That allowed him, his mother, and sister to drive to Chapel Hill on Thursday.
Once in Chapel Hill, Page received a full campus tour and spoke with the director of the business school. In preparation for his visit, Page informed Scott that business, marketing, and sports management are majors he is considering.
UNC had a spring practice that afternoon. Just before that, Page sat in on a linebacker meeting conducted by John Papuchis and then joined the time on the practice field.
“I was just getting my mental reps in,” Page said. “I was putting myself in the linebackers and even the safety, because coach said that I’d be playing the nickel or ‘Jack’ spot [Will linebacker]. I liked that role, because when he was showing film he was showing other guys who were playing that position and I feel I could play those positions perfectly.”
Page floats between outside linebacker and safety for Kell. As a junior, he led Cobb County in tackles for a loss. He also made 121 tackles and three interceptions.
Before ending his stay, Page sat down with Larry Fedora.
“He’s a real down-to-earth guy,” Page said. “He’s very humble.”
Page was invited back to UNC for Fedora's Freak Show. Schedule permitting, he said he'll accept the invitation.