Kenneth Page is a big man for Columbia (S.C.) A.C. Flora High School, in both stature and importance. Playing at 6'4" and 270 pounds as a junior, the two-way linemen was a standout starter at offensive tackle and defensive end for the Falcons.
"They counted and I was on the field for 90 to 100 snaps a game. I was always on the field, though I didn't play much special teams - they wanted to keep me rested," Page describes. "Defensively, I played defensive end. We had a base 4-3 defense, and I played contain."
"On offense we ran the double wing, and I was really a run blocker at right tackle. We didn't pass the ball much," he adds. "I did a lot of pulling and down blocks. I had to read the linebackers a lot, too."
"I probably had the biggest impact on the offensive line. I did get hurt halfway through the season and didn't play defense for three games," Page points out. "My coach put me as the captain of the offensive line, so I had to keep the offensive line motivated and make sure everybody knew what they were doing."
Adding size and strength this off-season, Page today tilts the scales at 295 pounds, though he hopes to trim 10 or 15 pounds before the start of his senior season. He is competing currently in the early part of his track season, throwing the shot put and discus. His PR in the shot is 50' thus far this year.
There are specific areas of his football game which are also receiving attention.
"I want to improve my strength and my quickness," Page says. "I also want to work on my pass set. I want to become a better pass blocker, and we don't pass that much."
One-dimensional though his blocking acumen may be today, there is a national stampede of schools knocking down the door of the A.C. Flora junior.
"Everyone in the ACC has offered but Wake Forest and Miami. I think everyone in the SEC has offered except one or two, but I can't remember them. Also some others like Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois," Page says. "A lot of schools like me on defense but are primarily recruiting me for offense, either at tackle or at guard."
"This all took me by surprise," he admits. "I feel good about it, though. I haven't gotten a big head, and I continue to work hard. I'm just taking it all in."
Page says that he has no timeframe for his college commitment, beyond the expectation that he will take official visits during his senior year. None of those visits have yet been determined, and he denies having any leaders or favorites. His best top seven list today stands at Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Florida and Florida State.
There is a distinctly East Coast flair to that septet, though Page says that a certain suitor out West has held his attention as well. Stanford has been involved with him throughout the winter, including a recent scholarship offer on the offensive line. Defensive backs coach Clayton White is his lead recruiter.
"They actually visited at the school earlier this year," the recruit reveals. "I talked to one of the coaches, and they offered me. I'm a big academic person, and Stanford is second to none academically. So that's a big plus. I was very excited."
The junior's jubilation was matched, if not exceeded, by that of his family.
"They were excited. To them, that's good because that shows them that I also work hard in the classroom," the son says. "They are always on me: 'Make sure you're not all football, football, football.' An offer from Stanford shows how hard I work in the classroom."
Stanford also stands out as the most distant suitor and offer school on Page's list, though he downplays that as a factor for his college future.
"Traveling and being far away from home is not that big a deal to me. What's good is that I do have a relative in California, so I wouldn't be away from family," he offers. "They have a realistic chance. I've actually considered them a lot. I've been thinking about them for a while, and I was hoping the offer was going to come."
Page is enrolled in a curriculum of primarily honors courses at A.C. Flora, plus AP calculus. He reports a weighted 3.9 GPA. As a sophomore he took the SAT and scored 1060 (690 M + 370V), which he will retake.
The elite lineman has unofficially visited Clemson, South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech to date. He is next headed this Saturday to see Tennessee. He has no plans yet for camps in June.
With such an open mind and a long list of schools from which he will choose, Page has a plan for how he will narrow his impressive field.
"I'm going to make a list of the things I most look for and weed colleges out like that," he says. "Academics, coaching stability, location, football team and the coaching staff."
When the 295-pound weeding tool from the Palmetto State starts uprooting schools, there will be hearts breaking all over the country. Stay tuned to TheBootleg.com and Scout.com for developments with Kenneth Page as his closely watched recruitment unfolds this year.
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