"Distance Is Not An Issue"

Seeing Robert Blanton regularly during the week of the Shrine Bowl back in December, and being around Jamoris Slaughter and Braxston Cave all last week for the ESPN Under Armour All-American game, Kenneth Page heard many reasons why he should verbally commit and eventually sign with Notre Dame.

And the 6-foot-4, 290-pound four-star offensive lineman from Columbia, S.C. heard one reason why he won't ink with the Irish.

"(Blanton) was a comic," Kenneth Page said. "He said I wasn't man enough to go away from home. I thought it was funny.

"Distance is not an issue."

Page said he gave Blanton the business right back, and that he really enjoyed his time at both all-star games over the course of the last month.

Now Page turns his attention back to recruiting, where he is still considering Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina.

"Nothing new," Page stated. "Just looking forward to my official this weekend to Clemson. I still have one scheduled to North Carolina the next weekend, and I'll make a decision after that."

Page has already taken official visits to his other three favorite programs, and has not set an announcement date. Things could very well go all the way to national signing day on Feb. 6.

All five schools have been showing Page the same amount of attention. He spoke with Notre Dame offensive line coach John Latina last week.

"He was just reiterating that they have interest in me, and that he'd like me to come up there, and that he'd like to coach me," Page said.

Page was hearing the same things from Cave, who he met on his official visit to South Bend for the USC game, and Slaughter, a teammate for the Under Armour game.

"I talked to Jamoris a lot, he was on my team. Unfortunately he got hurt."

Page thought he performed well in the inaugural game.

"The Under Armour game was great," he stated. "I had a lot of fun down there. I think I did well. I wasn't getting dominated or beat consistently in practice, so I thought I did well given the caliber of guys I was facing."

He also thought his play was solid at the Shrine Bowl, a game pitting the best players from North Carolina and South Carolina against each.

"Had a good time out there," Page said. The week of practice, Latina and fellow Irish assistants Corwin Brown and Bill Lewis all made an appearance to see Page and Blanton. "I'd say I had a great game down there."

Page answered the reasons why Notre Dame remains in the race, and the reason why he might not give Irish head coach Charlie Weis his signature.

"The academics and the tradition and the coaching staff mostly," Page said of the pros.

"It would be because I felt more comfortable at the school I chose," he said of why Notre Dame wouldn't be his final decision.

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