"The atmosphere is great"

A.C. Flora (Columbia, SC) 4-star offensive lineman Kenneth Page made it to USC on Saturday to take in his second South Carolina home game of the year. Read inside to find out how Page's experience at USC went and where the Gamecocks now stand in the race for his services.

Kenneth Page, who measures in at an athletic 6'4" and 290 pounds, talked about his experience at South Carolina on Saturday.

"It went good. It was a special home game for South Carolina with them playing S.C. State for the first time in history. It was a good game," said Page." I didn't get to do too much. I got there late, because traffic was worse than I thought it was going to be. When I actually got there, it was an hour 'til kickoff, so I just talked to Coach (David) Reaves briefly before he went off to the team. I like Coach Reaves. He's a real down to earth type coach. He's easy to talk to."

After taking in his second Carolina home game of the fall on Saturday night, Page said he's extremely impressed with USC's game day atmosphere.

"The atmosphere for Carolina is great. It's a great place to be in, and it's loud. It's a great environment."

The Palmetto State standout was joined by a couple of his family members on Saturday, and according to Page, they also came away impressed with what the Gamecocks have to offer.

"My mother and my grandmother came with me. They liked it. My mother, this was the first time she's been there, and my grandmother actually graduated from USC. They liked it. They had a lot of fun."

Page is being recruited by Coach David Reaves for the Gamecocks, but he has also gotten to know USC's offensive line coach John Hunt quite well, and the two have discussed how Page could fit into the Gamecocks' offensive line scheme if he were to attend Carolina.

"I talk with Coach Hunt from time to time. He likes me because I can play guard and tackle. He says that'll help me get on the field earlier. He also points out the seniority of the offensive line right now, so I'd have the chance for early playing time. He says they'd give me the opportunity to compete for early playing time."

Page named a top ten list of schools last month, and while he maintains that Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida, Maryland, Stanford and Notre Dame are all still in the running for his services, he is currently working on narrowing that list down further.

"I'm still focused on those ten schools, but I'm working on narrowing it down right now."

He is also unsure of a timeframe for his decision, but Page does know what factors he will be looking for when he decides on the school of his choice.

"I don't have a timeframe (for a decision) right now. The things I'm looking for are the atmosphere - The place has to be a great place to be in. The academics have to be good. It has to be a good athletic program with a great coaching staff and a great surrounding area."

According to Page, he plans to attend the South Carolina - Clemson game in Columbia on November 24, and he also has an official visit setup with Notre Dame for October 20.

Page's A.C. Flora team has started off 2-2 this season, and they will face off against Eau Claire at home this Thursday. Page, who reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 1060 two-part SAT, said he is playing on both offense and defense this fall. Page is rated by Scout.com as the #11 offensive guard in the country this recruiting year.

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