19 in 19: DT Al Page

ScarletReport.com's "19 in 19" series hits the home stretch with a profile of one of the first commits from the 2011 class is defensive tackle Al Page. He spoke to ScarletReport.com about his training, dropping weight in the spring, his goal of playing at "home" in November and much more.

Al Page will learn the one-day-at-at-time and stay-on-the-chop mentality associated with Rutgers football soon enough, but for now his biggest motivation in readying to enter college is Nov. 12.

That is when the Scarlet Knights play in Page's backyard, a "road" game against Army that is set for Yankee Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

"Back in the Bronx," said Page, a defensive tackle from Christopher Columbus High in the Bronx. "It's why I'm working now, because I want to play in that game. I live two train stops away. I really am motivated for it. I want to play in that game. I want to be there, on the sidelines, suited up and ready to run on the field."

To get to that moment, though, will take a lot more work.

The 6-foot-3 Page is coming to Rutgers to play in a spot with depth.

Scott Vallone, Michael Larrow, Kenneth Kirksey, Djwany Mera and Isaac Holmes already occupy the nose guard and three-technique spots.

And while Page will have to learn the defense and play with a lower pad level than he did in high school to be effective at Rutgers, he already possesses incredible strength. Page can bench press 225 pounds more than 30 times, and maxes out on his bench press at more than 400 pounds.

Another key aspect is being in shape, and Page dropped nearly 30 pounds, and weighs 290 pounds.

"I stopped eating fried foods and junk," Page said. "I started sprinting. When I'm doing my jogging I go to the field and do explosive sprints. When I go to the field, I just do explosive sprints."

Page burst onto the scene as a junior, when he made 40 tackles and had five sacks, but missed half of his senior season after suffering an abdominal injury in preseason. He still finished with 27 tackles, seven sacks and a blocked field goal.

But with a few weeks left before graduation, and a June 26 reporting date to Rutgers, Page is anxious about heading to Rutgers.

"I'm really excited, but I'm really nervous," he said. "Thinking about it, I can't believe I'm doing it. I'm going to be the only guy from the Bronx on that team."


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