Page Gets ND Offer

At 10 o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, Kenneth Page and his mother were riding on I-95 in Florida, on their way to visit family in Tampa, and check out a few college campuses over spring break. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Page thought the drive was long from his Columbia, S.C. home to the Sunshine State, but that wasn't nearly as excruciating as the next three hours would be.

Page, a highly sought after offensive lineman from A.C. Flora with over 30 scholarship offers, received a phone call from his head coach Robin Bacon.

"I told him there was a small school up in Indiana that wants you to call at one o'clock," Bacon said.

Page excited about the call, forgot about reaching his destination and just became real antsy. The time couldn't come soon enough.

"Waiting had to be one of the hardest things I ever did," Page stated.

The time finally came around, and Page called Irish assistant coach Bill Lewis, who then put head coach Charlie Weis on the horn.

"I talked to coach Weis for a few minutes and then he talked to my mom for a few minutes," Page said. "I got back on to talk with coach Lewis to make sure my contact information was correct, and we talked about when I want to come up.

"Coach Weis said he looked at my film and he was impressed with it," Page said. He was named second team all-combine as a tackle at the U.S. Army National Combine amongst some of the nation's best juniors in San Antonio back in January.

Notre Dame joins the recruiting race for Page, alongside schools like nearby South Carolina and Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Michigan. When those offers were coming in, Page and Bacon were wondering about Notre Dame's interest and if they would ever come to the table with an offer.

Bacon, who has had a relationship with Irish assistant coach John Latina for quite some time got in touch. In the last month, Page and Latina have texted a couple times, and Bacon sent film up. The Irish coaches got together and evaluated it, and that led to Page's most recent offer.

"I wasn't expecting it to come this soon," Page said. The Irish haven't made it clear if they see him as a guard or tackle on the next level.

"I'm interested in everyone that has offered me so far. I'm just going to sit back and weigh my options. I don't have a top five yet, but if I had one Notre Dame would definitely be in it. It's just a great school with the combination of academics and athletics, second to none. "

"He had enough offers, this puts him at 33 or 34 offers," Bacon said. "But the mystique of Notre Dame and anyone that follows football, and I guess I'm old school and grew up Catholic, but just the tradition that's there with the Rudy movie and everything, everyone wants to go there. I can tell you right now they are one of his top five schools off the bat, from what he told me. He wants to go up there and visit."

Page will check out Florida, South Florida and Central Florida while enjoying his spring break. He said he will probably make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this summer, and that some Irish coaches are planning on dropping by one of his spring practices.

An all-state offensive lineman last fall, Page starts both ways for A.C. Flora. Notre Dame is recruiting him strictly for offense.

"I actually prefer tackle a little more because I played it my whole career," Page said. "But in our offense, I was required to pull on a lot of plays, so I can do all the things a guard is required." Top Stories