Recruiting: OU in the mix for five-star WR

Louisiana reciver Ahmad Paige talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


Ahmad Paige just seems to glide when running at full speed and run routes with ease. He is so fluid that sometimes it looks like he is not even trying, but he always seems to be open and always seem to be behind a secondary.

Rated as the fourth-best wide receiver in the country, Paige is no stranger to anybody who follows high school football or recruiting after two straight outstanding seasons.

Paige caught 49 catches for 865 yards, 11 touchdowns and returned one kick return 98 yards for a touchdown. He also plays at cornerback in critical situations, but he is mainly a wide receiver and special teams player.

He started as a sophomore and caught 35 catches for 581 yards and nine touchdowns, while starting at corner and playing a lot more on defense.

"I think I am really an offensive player, but I am a pretty good corner when I get a chance to play on defense," said Paige. "It is probably my speed and my elusiveness that makes me so dangerous as a receiver," said Paige. "I am very deceptive just how fast I am, and I can break tackles and that surprises a lot of people.

"People think just because I have a small frame that I can't get off a jam or I can't split defenders, and I prove them wrong all the time. I am slender, but I have good strength. I work hard in the weight room and I am a lot stronger that I look."

Paige can bench 205 pounds, squat 285 and he has posted a 37-inch vertical jump. He admits that he hasn't had a great deal of time to workout in the weight room because he is always playing some sport. He also starts in hoops where he averaged 20 ppg last season. He also runs track and runs the long jump (22'11), high jump (6'5), triple jump (43'6), 100M (10.3) and 200M (23.3).

Paige has been offered by 23 schools at this point, but he has his choices narrowed down to a few schools.

"I have it down to four schools at this point," said Paige. "I am looking at Florida State, Florida, USC and . I am not sure about my fifth school. I have been Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. And out of those three I like Florida the best. I plan on taking my final two visits to Florida State and USC."

So where does that leave Oklahoma?

"To be honest, Oklahoma just got back in on me about a week ago," said Paige. "I was committed to Florida State early, but I have backed off of that and I want to look around and see what else is out there. OU found out about that and I was glad they decided to give me a call. I am out of official visits so I am going to visit Oklahoma unofficially and get down there and check them out.

"Coach Sumlin wants me to take an official visit there, but I am not sure I can work that out. Even though Oklahoma is just now recruiting me they have a chance to sign me. Luther (Davis) brings them up quite a bit and we could go to school together at Oklahoma. They have a great program and they throw the ball well, and coach Stoops is one of the best coaches in the country."

Davis said in an earlier interview that he and Paige had hoped to go to school together, but that they really didn't like the same schools at that time. Well, now that OU is back in the picture with Paige that makes the Sooners a solid contender.

"Yes sir. That is a consideration," said Paige. "We have talked about going to the same school and have flirted with that a little bit. That is definitely a possibility. I will probably go on my unofficial to OU when Luther takes his official."

Paige led Sterlington to a 10-3 record this past year and his academics are in good shape.

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