Crunch Time

The recruiting process will be over for Kenneth Page very soon, so the three-star offensive lineman from A.C. Flora High in Columbia, S.C. is getting a lot of attention from his four finalists this week.

Kenneth Page took his fourth official visit to Clemson over the weekend. Tennessee coaches came by the school on Tuesday, and North Carolina head coach Butch Davis is making an in-home visit tonight (so we likely won't get a hold of Page).

This morning, Notre Dame assistant coaches Bill Lewis and John Latina came by the school and spoke with the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Page for over an hour. They then spoke with head coach Robin Bacon for roughly 20 minutes. Latina is coming back next Wednesday for an in-home visit with Page and his mother.

Page hopes to quickly make his college decision following his fifth and final official visit to North Carolina this weekend.

Bacon talked to Irish Eyes about Page's sit down with Lewis and Latina this morning, and also dispelled the rumors like Page has also done himself, about him wanting to attend college close to home.

"Kenneth was very impressed," Bacon stated. "Obviously one of the things with both of them, they're great recruiters. I talked with Kenneth briefly at lunch time. They reiterated to him that they have the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class, and they told him he is one of the key pieces to the puzzle, to solidify this thing.

"They told him he is the type of character kid they want in their program. I think that was the big thing, is just the impression of how much we want you, character wise you're the type of kid Notre Dame wants. That hits home with Kenneth.

"They told him we got two of the best quarterbacks to come out in the past few years, the best receivers, the best linebackers, we're recruiting four and five-star kids. We're getting the best players in the country.

"Kenneth is always impressed with those two recruiters. They are great recruiters. They are always to the point and very honest. That means a lot to Kenneth."

After meeting with Page and an A.C. Flora assistant coach, Lewis and Latina caught up with Bacon.

"They reiterated everything. What they said to me is he is the kind of guy they want in our program."

Bacon isn't sure which of the four finalists Page is going to decide on, but he knows distance is not a factor.

"I've been laughing at that," Bacon said of the rumors. "He's told me all along, and this is my impression, he doesn't mind going somewhere else. I think a lot of people were thinking (South Carolina), (South Carolina) because they're in town. But he dropped them.

"(Irish freshman cornerback and fellow Columbia, S.C. product) Gary Gray came home over winter break and said to Kenneth I heard you're to scared to leave home. Kenneth was like where did you hear that?

"(Kenneth) had a fantastic visit at Notre Dame. My assistant coach came back and said I'd go to Notre Dame if I was him. I think that stuck with Kenneth a great deal. Getting to meet all the NBC people at the restaurant, and getting to meet Tim Brown on the sideline.

"This coming Monday we don't have school because of Martin Luther King Day, so he'll be able to sit down and get away from everyone and figure out where he's at." Top Stories