Page Ready to Visit, Recruit For Rutgers

Rutgers will have a gaggle of recruits on official visits this weekend, with a healthy mix of committed and non-committed players. Among the committed players is Christopher Columbus High (Bronx, N.Y.) defensive tackle Al Page, who is looking forward to his trip for a variety of reasons. For him, it won't be all pleasure. He has some business he needs to take care of the next few days.

Christopher Columbus High (Bronx, N.Y.) three-star defensive tackle Al Page anticipates a sensational weekend during his official visit to Rutgers, but he also plans on doing plenty of work.

Page is one of the nine committed players who will be making taking a trip to Rutgers, and more than a half-dozen non-committed players are scheduled to make officials visits.

"I'm definitely going to try and recruit some of those guys," Page said. "That's my main objective."

Among the non-committed prospects making a trip are St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety Sheldon Royster, Middletown (N.J.) North defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Edward H. White (Jacksonville) offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson, Henderson (West Chester, Pa.) defensive end Myles Jackson and Gaither (Tampa) defensive end Chad Hannah.

"The message is you have a lot of guys committed, and we have a great class and for them to join in and improve the class and have a great season next year," Page said. "I'm going to be spending a lot of time talking to them."

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Page is coming off a trying senior season in which he was limited to because of a preseason abdominal injury.

Although the Blue Steel went 4-6, they finished on a five-game losing streak.

"Everything is good. I'm 100 percent," Page said. "When I got back from my injury it was a little tough. I played a total of five games. I had 27 tackles and 7 sacks, and I blocked one field goal.

"The best thing about (the field goal block) was I did it right in front of (Rutgers coach Greg) Schiano. He was right there to see me play. It was against Truman."

Page's next focus is getting in shape for a possible foray into track and field. Already incredibly strong – his max bench press is 425 pounds – Page is thinking about throwing the discus and shotput.

"I'm in good shape now, but I might join track just to get in better shape," Page said. "I'm also going to start running wind sprints up hills (at nearby) park. I've done it past. When I first start it back up, it's annoying, but then you get used to it. I'm going to start doing it in February."

Page committed to Rutgers in April, and remains in close contact with the coaching staff, especially his recruiting coach, offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

As for his official visit, Page has no idea what to expect.

"I'm expecting to have a good time, have some fun, and get to know some of my teammates," Page said. "I'm really looking forward to it."

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