Shrine Bowl Spotlight: Kenneth Page

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- With the amount of talent South Carolina has at its disposal on the offensive line, standouts like Kenneth Page are virtually fighting for playing time as the Sandlapper coaching staff irons out a depth chart.

"Right now, they don't have a set position for me," Page said. "I've been tackle on both sides, guard on both sides – I'm just moving around.

"[The offensive line coach] is just rotating guys in. There are only two guys, who have experience at tackle – me and T.J. Johnson. So me and him are playing predominately tackle. Dalton Freeman is playing tackle some, so they're just rotating guys in."

Page, a 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, played left tackle for Columbia (S.C.) Flora the past few seasons.

Most college coaching staffs, though, are projecting a move to guard for Page once he enters the collegiate ranks. North Carolina, on the other hand, plans to keep him at tackle.

Sam Pittman, who handles Page's recruitment for UNC and coaches UNC's offensive line, spoke to Page about their plans for him during a recent in-home visit.

"[He talked about] just how he wants to use me on the O-line and about the school," Page said.

Page has hosted in-home visits with coaches from each of his final five schools – which includes Clemson, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee in addition to UNC.

After the holidays, Page will resume taking official trips. He has already visited Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and has official trips scheduled with Clemson (January 11th) and UNC (January 18th).

Thus far, none of the five schools have separated itself from the pack.

"So far, I don't have a leader, but I want to get this over as soon as possible," Page said. "Whether it takes until the end of the process or whether I can decide tomorrow, I don't know yet."

Page, though, has a good idea of what he's looking for.

"I just want to have a good overall feeling at the school I'm at," Page said. "It has to be a good location, great academics, good coaching staff, [and] good environment to be around."

UNC closely fits that description – at least from Page's view.

"I have good feelings for North Carolina," Page said. "They're only a few hours away from my home town. They have a great business school. They're head coach is great. They are turning the program around."

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