Two-Deep Breakdown: DT Al Page

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is less than two weeks away from training camp. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we continue momentum toward camp with a look at defensive tackle Al Page.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at redshirt freshman Al Page, who will compete for a defensive tackle spot on the two-deep.

Past Experience — :Page redshirted last year and was not a major player in practices because of a pre-existing knee injury.

As a Recruit — Page ranked in as a three-star recruit and the No. 60 defensive tackle in the Class of 2011. Page made his love for Rutgers known early in the process, committing in April of his junior year.

Page chose Rutgers over Maryland and Syracuse offers.

Spring Performance — Page starting to get himself more involved in the spring, but has played most of his Rutgers career in pain. Page showed new defensive line coach Jim Panagos and coach Kyle Flood enough to earn a spot on the two-deep and is expected to be healthy when he reports next week.

Does Well — Page is strong and built like a vending machine. The big man's size is his best attribute right now and has the potential to be a dominant run stuffer for the Scarlet Knights.

Page's violence and dominance off the line of scrimmage stands out on his high-school film, however the competition was not even close to what he will see when he gets healthy at the college level.

Needs to Improve — There is a lot more to defensive tackle than size burst. Page is fundamentally raw and has not had much time on the gridiron to improve his technique.

Changing defensive line coaches in his first offseason did not help, neither did his knee injury.

Though Page finds himself on the two-deep entering camp, he must show growth to keep his spot.

Long-Term Outlook — Defensive tackle is quickly becoming the busiest position on the Rutgers roster. Rutgers has depth at every age on the roster and the position is crowded.

Once Page gets healthy and experienced, look for him to push the rest of the defensive line for playing time and be one of the tougher run-stuffers on the roster.

Here is the latest interview with Page.

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