The recruiting class of 2008, particularly the offensive line, more specifically offensive tackles, is stock full of talent. Many of those studs attended the combine in San Antonio the week of the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, and the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Kenneth Page showed out amongst the great competition.
"The first thing he said is that he wanted to get into the weight room," A.C. Flora head coach Robin Bacon said. "He looked over the list and said four of the guys on the first team are also from the East. I want to play in this game (next year), and I'll do whatever it takes to get there.
While Page maybe competes with the likes of Mike Adams, Josh Jenkins and Vinston Painter for a spot in next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, many major programs will be in competition for his commitment.
A very athletic offensive lineman, Page said he has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Maryland and Virginia.
Notre Dame is sending as much mail as any other school. Also included in that list is Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Boston College, Louisville and the schools that have already offered a scholarship.
"I get stacks and stacks of mail," Page said. "I have a lot of mail I haven't even opened yet."
Bacon remembers the day Page got his first letter from Notre Dame.
"He about went through the roof," Bacon said. "It's a big thing for him. He's real high on Notre Dame."
Page listed the Irish in his early top five with Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia and Colorado.
"Notre Dame has a very nice environment, good academics and good football team," Page said. "They invited me this past season for a game, but I haven't gotten a chance to visit there, because I didn't have the transportation to get up there. Hopefully I can get up there next year."
Page couldn't make it to South Bend, so Notre Dame might just come to him.
A.C. Flora High is not to far from Richland Northeast in Columbia, the home of Irish commit Gary Gray. Bacon used to coach at Richland and still keeps in touch over there.
"Jay Frye, the coach at Richland Northeast talked to two or three coaches at Notre Dame, and they mentioned that Notre Dame coaches will be coming by maybe in the next few weeks."
Page thinks he surrendered one sack last year, while accumulating 73 pancake blocks. As a defensive end, he recorded 41 tackles, four for loss including three sacks.
"I think his biggest strength, two things, he is a tremendous athlete for his size, he has great hands and great feet," Bacon explained. "He runs really well."
At the Nike Camp at Clemson last year, Page ran a 5.09 40-yard dash. He said his max bench press is 325 pounds, and that he can squat 450 pounds.
"I think the biggest thing, his feet are so good," Bacon said. "If he gets a hold of you, that is one of the things that makes him so special, he is so quick off the ball and if he gets a hold of you, he is going to pancake you.
"We do a lot of pulling with our tackles. Not only is he a good north-south blocker, but he can also get to the next level and the linebackers. His speed really helps him there."
Page is just as talented in the classroom. He has a 3.8 GPA, and scored an 1100 on the SAT as a sophomore. Stanford came out to see Page. Good enough for them academically, probably good enough for Notre Dame.
In San Antonio, Page sought out the best defensive ends he could during one-on-one drills.
"There was a lot of good talent," he said. "I gave it my all, and I think I did very well against them."
Page also noticed J.B. Shugarts and the rest of the outstanding tackles in attendance.
"I think I compared to them real well," he said. "They are strong good competitors, excellent footwork."
After showing out in Texas, interest in Page could pick up even more. Schools shouldn't expect a quick decision however.
"I gotta focus on school and football before making decisions," Page stated. "I'm going to wait until after football season next year."
Maybe a decision will be made at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.