Trip Accentuates Rutgers for DT Al Page

Christoper Columbus High (Bronx, N.Y.) defensive tackle Al Page took an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Friday, and really enjoyed what he saw. Again, Page talked about committing to the Scarlet Knights -- "Eric (LeGrand) is a guy I'm going to look up to when I commit to Rutgers," he said -- but explained why he did not. Page also talked what transpired during his visit, and what he learned.

Christopher Columbus High (Bronx, N.Y.) defensive tackle Al Page watched film with Rutgers defensive line coach Randy Melvin, bonded with Scarlet Knights defensive tackle Eric LeGrand and learned what the players go through on a daily basis.

Overall, it was a perfect day for Page, the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder who continued to talk about pledging to the Scarlet Knights after his unofficial visit Friday.

"I did think about committing to Rutgers, actually, but I want to wait,'' Page said. "I just want to wait, just to make sure. I have good feeling about Rutgers. They really want me. They are showing me a lot of love and appreciation. Even the players want me to come and join them.

"It's a good feeling when you're at a place where people want you to be at, and they really want me to be there.''

Page said his family wants him to commit, but he is holding off at the urging of his high school coach.

He holds offers from Syracuse, Maryland and Rutgers, and he believes Miami and Penn State, where he will visit next weekend, are going to offer him soon.

At Rutgers, Page's day began by watching film from previous practices with Melvin.

"We went over plays and I asked questions on how the defense is formed, and how I would fit in there,'' Page said. "We talked about how to become a better player and have fun at the same time. I'm going to be a better defensive lineman. He showed me tactics to improve on my position.

"After that, I went to the game room and we played video games with the other recruits and then we went on the field to watch practice.

Page also spent considerable time speaking with LeGrand.

"He was showing me step-by-step how everything is done,'' Page said. "And then I was with him on the field because they let me stand with the defensive line when they practiced. That was real fun. From him I learned to work hard. When I saw him practice, he just plays and goes all out. He's good. At practice, he was just killin' them.

"Eric is a guy I'm going to look up to when I commit to Rutgers. He's a good guy. I really like him and he's a real cool dude. I got his number and I'm going to keep talking to him. He's fast off the ball, explosive, quick. He was crushing them at practice.''


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