Matt Visinsky

Tyler Page commits to SMU

Tyler Page became SMU's 14th 2017 commitment Monday night. PonyStampede talked with him about his decision to commit.

With only a few spots left in SMU’s 2017 class, Friendswood (Texas) athlete Tyler Page didn’t want to miss a chance to commit to his top school.

“They were the second school to offer me. They’ve been recruiting me for a while and I’ve always been comfortable with them,” Page said. “They only had one more spot was open for me and I didn’t want that spot to be taken.”

A quarterback for Friendswood, Page is coming to SMU as an athlete. In his junior season, he passed for 1,165 yards with 12 touchdowns and ran for 2,093 yards with 24 touchdowns.

“They’re thinking I’ll start as a receiver,” Page said. “They haven’t ruled out quarterback yet because I still have another season and I could do really well. But as of now, I’ll probably be playing receiver.”

SMU offered Page in April, but had been recruiting him before that. Page visited SMU for its February junior day, where he met the coaches for the first time.

“The coaches are really likable and are very genuine when they talk to me,” Page said. “They really value family atmosphere. The school SMU is a great degree and that’s something that I was looking for in a school. And it’s in Texas, and I’m happy that I get to stay in Texas.”

Page’s dad came with him on the visit. It was Page’s only time visiting SMU before committing. When he and his parents were looking at his options, they all agreed education was important.

“(My dad) enjoyed the coaches too and he liked SMU. My mom has talked to the coaches as well and she loved them,” Page said. “We were looking at everything together. Definitely the education was high on our list. I was looking all the schools that would have a good education for me. And a place where I would fit in well and enjoy the college experience.”

Page had Division 1 offers from Air Force, Army, Kansas, Navy, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, Tulane and Virginia. His first offer came from Virginia, which he said was an early leader until it took another commitment that filled Page’s spot.

Page settled on a top three of SMU, Tulane and Air Force. He visited the latter two earlier in the summer.

“I enjoyed both of them a lot, but in the end I was most comfortable committing to SMU,” Page said.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Page said he is 100 percent solid to SMU right now.

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