Page Close To Narrowing List
The 6'4", 290 pound Page is rated by Scout.com as the #9 offensive guard in the country this recruiting year, and with offers on the table from major programs like South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Notre Dame and multiple others, the big lineman has his pick of where to play his college ball. With so many top programs chasing him, Page has done his due diligence, visiting a number of the schools that have offered him in recent months to learn more about them.
"Recruiting's going good. I've been to Tennessee, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke this summer," said Page. "It's a real great experience. It's great to go to all these different schools and learn about their programs."
Page, who will visit Alabama and Auburn this weekend, said he is still keeping an open mind in regards to favorites, but he plans to narrow his list down to ten schools by the end of July.
"I don't have any favorites at this point. I want to get (my list of schools) to around a top ten by the end of the month."
One program that appears to be in good position to make that cut is the home state Gamecocks. Page made an unofficial visit to the nearby South Carolina campus back in June, and he came away further impressed with what USC has to offer both on and off the football field.
"It was real good visit. I actually saw their campus more in depth. I was already familiar with South Carolina being that they are right down the street from my house, but that visit was very good. As a whole, I'm real impressed with the Gamecocks. Of course they've got a new coach in Steve Spurrier, and he's got them headed in the right direction. They're building a really great team, and they have an excellent business program."
According to Page, the South Carolina coaches are emphasizing to him how big of a priority offensive line recruiting is for them in this recruiting class.
"I talk with Coach (John) Hunt occasionally, and I talk with Coach (David) Reaves. They're telling me that offensive line is one of their top priorities. Offensive line and linebackers are important to them in this class, and they're letting me know how much they want me."
While Page plans to narrow his list in the near future, fans shouldn't expect a decision from him anytime soon, as he plans to take all five of his official visits before deciding on his college choice.
"I can't really set a time limit on when I'm going to make my final decision. It's going to be when I'm most comfortable with the school I decide to go to. I plan on taking all of my official visits before deciding."
Page, who wants to major in finance, closed by sharing what factors he will look for when making his final decision.
"Academics are very important to me. Life after football is key for my future. Then I'd like to go some place where we can win some games, go to some bowls and be good. I want to play for a good, stable coaching staff. Then I'd like to be in a good surrounding area."
Page was voted All-State as an offensive lineman last season. He says he can bench 360 pounds and squat 480. He also has a 26-inch vertical jump. Page reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 1060 on the SAT.
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