Page makes official visit to USC

The Gamecocks played host to one of the top offensive line prospects in America over the weekend, as A.C. Flora (Columbia, SC) 4-star offensive lineman Kenneth Page made the short trek to USC for his official visit. How did Page enjoy his time at South Carolina, and where do the Gamecocks now stand in the race for his services? Read inside to find out.

Kenneth Page, who measures in at a solid 6'4" and 290 pounds, said he had a great time on his official visit to USC, and even though he's been on the South Carolina campus multiple times over the years, he came away with a better feel for what the Gamecocks have to offer.

"That trip went real well. It just helped me get a better feel for the campus and everything," said Page. "I live down the street from Carolina, so I've been down there a few times. I pretty much know how everything goes. I've been on some unofficials. I've been to some of their practices, and I came to some of their games. I'm pretty well acclimated with the area, but on my official visit I got a more in-depth look at things from an academic standpoint. I got to hang out with the players, and overall I'd say it went real well for me. South Carolina's still very high on my list."

According to Page, one of the highlights of the weekend for him was getting to interact with fellow Columbia native Quintin Richardson.

"Quintin Richardson was my host. We did a lot of talking, and he showed me what the dorms and stuff look like. He was just letting me know how the recruiting process works and the reasons he came to South Carolina and everything. It was good having him show me around. We have a lot in common. We were both highly rated offensive line recruits from the Columbia area. He could have gone anywhere, but he chose to go to South Carolina. It was good to see someone who could have gone anywhere, but chose Carolina to play in their home town. It was good I got to hang out with him."

Page, who is rated by as the #12 offensive guard prospect in America this recruiting year, also had the opportunity to talk with several of the South Carolina coaches while on campus.

"I talked with Coach (David) Reaves, Coach (John) Hunt and Coach (Steve) Spurrier," said Page. "They said right now I could play either guard or tackle, and if I learn how to snap I could possible play center also."

Page told in an interview last week that he has narrowed his choices down to a top five of South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Following his trip to USC, Page says that his top five list of schools is still intact, and he's not yet ready to name any individual favorites.

"My top five is still the same. I wouldn't say I have any definite (individual) favorites right now."

Page plans to make official visits to both Clemson and North Carolina in January, and as a result he plans to wait close to Signing Day before making a final decision on his college choice.

"I'd have to say (I'll make a decision) around Signing Day," said Page. "'I'm going to look at the academics, athletics and the coaching staff. I just have to get a great feeling (about the school)."

The Palmetto State standout has been selected to participate in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas later this month, and he closed by discussing what he's looking forward to about that experience.

"I'm very excited about going to the Shrine Bowl. I'm looking forward to playing with all the top guys in South Carolina. The (Sandlappers) haven't won in a little while, so it'd be great to turn the tide a little bit."

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