Mixing In A Little ND

Living in Columbia, S.C., everyone has an opinion of where Kenneth Page should go to college. Most people say he should stay in town and go to South Carolina. If they aren't saying Gamecocks, they're preaching nearby Clemson.

On Tuesday, Kenneth Page heard a different tune for a change.

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and assistant Bill Lewis came to town to see the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Page, and further try and sell the Irish program to the four-star offensive lineman.

Weis and Lewis showed up to A.C. Flora High around 1:30 in the afternoon during a passing period between classes. That's something South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was able to avoid when he came by the school

"Oh man, he signed a bunch of autographs," the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Page said with a laugh. "Everyone wanted his autograph. We were in the middle of changing classes, so a lot of people saw him."

Page, who has narrowed down his future college choice to South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina and Notre Dame, was equally impressed to see the Irish head coach. Weis and Lewis hung out at the school for a bit, went and talked to head coach Robin Bacon, and then visited with Page and his mother at their place around 5:30.

"It was great to see coach Weis," Page said, "I never thought coach Weis would be sitting in my living room. It was a great feeling, and I'm glad I saw him."

Page said that Weis and Lewis just reiterated why Notre Dame should be the easy college choice.

"He was just telling me they have a lot of interest in me, and they can't wait until I come on board if Notre Dame is the school that I choose," Page said. All five of his favorites are still running even. "He was talking a lot about their tradition and how strong they are academically."

"They said you're the only kid we're recruiting in South Carolina," Bacon added, as he heard Weis talk to Page. "I came down here personally with Bill Lewis. We have the nation's No. 1 ranked recruiting class according to a most services, and you're the kind of kid we need. What we're building and what we want to do down the line to build up our program, you can be a part of it."

Before Page decides to be a part of anywhere, he has two more official visits to take. He has already been to Notre Dame for the USC game, Tennessee for their victory over Vanderbilt, and to South Carolina for the rivalry game against Clemson. He will check out Clemson on Jan. 11, and North Carolina on Jan. 18. Page has been on both of those campuses, but is giving them a final look.

A decision he said, could come soon after.

In the mean time, Page is getting ready to play in the 71st annual Shrine Bowl, pitting the 40 best players in North Carolina against the 40 best players from South Carolina. The game will be played Dec. 15, with practice beginning next week.

"It's a great honor," Page said. "I cant wait to go and compete with all the great players from South Carolina and North Carolina."

On Jan. 5, Page will be competing with and against some of the best players in the country, taking part in the ESPN High School All-American game, in Orlando, Fla., concluding his prep career.

Notre Dame has been doing their best to have an Irish influence in South Carolina-Clemson country. Lewis and offensive line coach John Latina dropped in to see Page last week. Next Wednesday, Lewis, Latina and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown will be at Shrine Bowl practice. They will also be checking out Notre Dame commit Robert Blanton, the four-star cornerback from Matthews, N.C.

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