Jersey Lineman Picks Up First Offer

Pennington Prep (N.J.) offensive lineman Jordan Page picked up his first verbal scholarship offer this week Page, who reclassified from 2012 to 2013 after missing his entire sophomore season, is hard at work to earn more verbal offers this spring.

When Pennington Prep (N.J.) offensive lineman Jordan Page reclassified to the Class of 2013, weeks like this were exactly what he hoped for.

Page went offer-less in 2012, but picked up his first verbal offer this week as a member of the Class of 2013 when Temple contacted him. Page, who also lists interest from Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland, Connecticut, West Virginia, Yale and North Carolina State, felt relieved to get his first offer.

"When I reclassified, I just sat back and didn't focus on schools anymore," Page said. "I stopped worrying about my friends getting this scholarship or that scholarship. I asked myself, ‘what can I do to get better?' I just worked hard in school, started running, dropped my weight, got stronger, quicker. It's just really exciting right now."

Page said he came home from school to an email from Temple and was on the phone with head coach Steve Addazio by the end of the night.

"We started talking and he was just saying that they want me and they think I can fit well into the program," Page said on Temple. "He said, 'I just want to let you know you have a scholarship.' I was just really overwhelmed at first.

"I was kind of stunned and then I made sure to tell him, 'I just want to thank you for the opportunity.' It was really exciting to me. A lot of other schools are showing interest, but this was a big break. I worked hard for this and I was pleased. They want me to come up as soon as possible to look around."

Page plans to camp at Rutgers this year and visited the campus last year for a game. With the Scarlet Knights looking for a smaller offensive line class after adding six scholarship linemen this year, Page is a name to watch later in the process.

"I know Coach Kyle Flood from when he was the offensive line coach," Page said. "I like him a lot. I like Rutgers."

Page, who stands at 6-foot-5, said he dropped from 310 pounds to a leaner 285 during his junior year.

"I'm still the same height, but a lot leaner and in better shape," Page said. "I think a lot of schools are going to be impressed when they see me in person and see me play."

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