Jersey Lineman Seeing Increased Interest

Big man Jordan Page reclassified from 2012 to the Class of 2013 and will transfer from Princeton Day to Pennington Prep for the upcoming school year. caught up with the 6-foot-5 lineman to discuss the impact of his reclassification and Rutgers' involvement in the recruiting process.

Offensive lineman Jordan Page stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 295 pounds. With a size-18 shoe, the rising junior at Pennington Prep (Pennington, N.J.) is pretty sure he still has a lot more growing to do.

"All of the coaches I'm talking to are really hoping I grow into my size-18 shoes," Page said. "I'm already a big guy, but the potential for getting bigger is something schools really are liking."

Page was originally a Class of 2012 recruit, but because of his age, took the opportunity to reclassify to the Class of 2013. He has two more years of high school football before going to college.

In the recruiting game, Page's reclassification is a major plus.

"My coach at Pennington Prep said that there's a big buzz about me because of reclassifying," he said. "It's going to be a big deal by my senior year to all the schools."

A non-football related surgery kept Page off the gridiron during his sophomore season. Adding a year excites him, he said, because he gets a full high-school football career.

Because of Page's time off the field, schools want to see more out of him before they talk more seriously, he said.

"I'm just taking it all in because of the evaluation process," Page said. "I've gotten to have a lot of coaches come in and see me and I'm humbled by that."

North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Wisconsin, Rutgers, James Madison and Northwestern all reached out to Page, he said. Rutgers, Northwestern and James Madison all stood out to him.

"I was excited by talking to Northwestern because of their academic reputation," Page said. "I was impressed by JMU too. I didn't know they beat Virginia Tech."

Rutgers, however, is in great standing with the growing offensive lineman. Page said the Scarlet Knights were the first to talk to him and also stand out because of its proximity to home.

"They were the first school to start recruiting me and they know all about my situation," Page said. "They were excited about me reclassifying when they found out. They're hoping I grow more. Me reclassifying is not a burden for them. They seemed happy about it and they hope I just keep improving."

Page has relationships with head coach Greg Schiano, offensive line coach Kyle Flood and special teams coordinator Robb Smith.

Page will attend the Big Man camp at Rutgers and attended the spring game.

"I didn't know there were that many guys from the NFL," Page said. "I saw Tiquan Underwood with his dog on the field.

"Rutgers may not be in the national championship, but they're building and doing a good job of putting people in good places. It's a strong program."

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