It will be tough for Notre Dame to pull Kenneth Page (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) north for a number of reasons, but it would be an easier task if the Irish were having a successful season. Despite the troubles on the field for the Irish, Page is serious about his interest in Notre Dame.
"I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame," Page responded when asked where Notre Dame stood among his top schools. "I'm taking my first official visit there next weekend for the USC game. It'll be my first time up there. I talk to coach Weis a lot and I talk to my recruiting coach, coach Latina. We're pretty clear with the interest they have in me and the interest that I have in them, so we just talk about what's going on in my life, and how everything is happening on their end.
"I want to get a feel for the school, to see if that's the place that I want to be for the next four or five years. It's really a gut feel. The things that interest me are the tradition, and the school. You know it's a great school, so I'm just going up there to get a gut feel for everything.
"This season isn't really going to affect me," Page said. "Teams have their up seasons and sometimes they have their down seasons. You could call this a rebuilding year for the Irish. They don't have an experienced quarterback, and that's affecting them offensively. It doesn't affect me though, they're still Notre Dame. I haven't watched a complete game, but I've seen them play."
With signing day a little more than three months away, recruits need to start lining up their official visits. Page has his visit to Notre Dame in a week and another one set for January.
"I've only set up one other official visit and that's to Clemson in January," Page explained. "I have those two, but I'm not sure of my other visits. I'm still talking to South Carolina. I'm looking at two dates that could work, and then I'm still trying to decide on the other two visits. It will probably come down to Georgia Tech, Alabama, and North Carolina.
"I took an unofficial visit to South Florida and they impressed me. Of course they're season has been going great so far, so I might get in contact with their coaches about a visit. My goal is to take all five of my official visits. I wanted to make my decision by December, but I can't put a timeline on it now."
When considering dates to take his official visits, Page is hoping the one or more play-off games force him to make most of his trips in January.
"Right now we're a 3-4 team, but we're still in the running for the play-offs," Page said. "We haven't been dominated yet. We lost some close games. We're still a good team. We're weak at a few positions, but we get better and better each week.
"On the offensive side of the ball we've had too many penalties and turnovers. If we can eliminate those we're good. Our defense has been dominant. We held Chester to eight points and they're one of the top offensive teams.
"At the beginning of the season I was playing on defense, but I got a little injury, so they started limiting my time on that side of the ball," Page said. "I think I'm playing good solid ball. I think I'm doing what I wanted to do this year. We have a lot of rushing yards. We have one back that has over 800 yards and we have another that has over 400 yards."