For the next 15 minutes, the gentleman on the elevator told Page's mother about the tradition of Notre Dame, about the academics, the atmosphere and the campus.
"He gave her a 15-minute infomercial," A.C. Flora High head coach Robin Bacon said. "It was as good a selling job as Notre Dame could get."
Trying to match that sales job is Irish head coach Charlie Weis and assistants Bill Lewis and John Latina. Kenneth Page, a four-star offensive guard from Columbia, S.C., recently listed Notre Dame in his top 10 with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Stanford, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland. There is no particular order.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Page has visited all of those schools with the exception of Notre Dame and Stanford.
The weekend of Oct. 20, that will change for Notre Dame. A couple weeks ago, Page said he received his itinerary from Notre Dame for his official visit for the USC game. A.C. Flora has a game on Thursday that week, so it conveniently fits into Page's schedule.
"I'm very very very excited," Page said. He also plans to visit Stanford with another one of his five officials.
With the Irish having an open date the following week, the coaches can pay more attention to the recruits visiting that Sunday, instead of instantly moving on to the next opponent.
The Irish have been paying a lot of attention to Page. Lewis and Latina check in with Bacon once a week. Lewis and Page talk about every other week, and Weis has been sending emails.
"Just a bunch of small talk," Page said. "They're just checking up on me and my family, and still letting me know that they're interested in me."
Page will line up mostly at tackle this season for A.C. Flora, but will occasionally slide over to his college position. He will also start at defensive end, and says he has improved as a football player.
"I'm bigger, stronger and faster, and more aware of what's going on," Page stated.
Page and A.C. Flora kick off the season next Friday.