Greensboro, North Carolina 2021 defensive tackle Payton Page (6-foot-4, 295 pounds) carries a heavy offer load early in his recruiting process. On board with him already are South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State and others. This past weekend he made another stop at Clemson, part of a tour of schools he’s taken this spring.
“The visit at Clemson was great. I really liked how Coach (Miguel) Chavis and Coach Ty (Tyler Clements) were there to guide me my family and my friend Elijah from the beginning til the end of my visit. The experience was detailed, and I am grateful to have had it,” Page said. “Coach Bates and Coach Venables are cool dudes, but I can tell when you hit that field they mean business. The message I got from them both was really what everyone that I met has said, ‘I won’t just leave Clemson a better football player but everything they are going to teach me will help me to be a better man.’ Because If I am fortunate to make it to the pros, what will 30 (years) look like after the pros?”
Page also got a few minutes with head coach Dabo Swinney who has not yet offered him but appears to be close to doing so.
“Coach Swinney is so cool. He got to meet my mom, because she didn’t come last time,” Page said. “He also was still excited from the news of the draft which was understandable. His message was keep doing what you doing and we will see you soon.”
Despite not having an offer at this point, Page said the Tigers are recruiting him hard and he plenty of other reasons to like them right now.
“I think a couple of things are intriguing the – PAW Journey is one,” Page said. “Passionate About Winning, and not just on the field but in life. Also the people – everyone has the same message but seemed sincere. The time they took with us both days without complaining to show us everything from the academics building to the stadium. The visit was awesome.”
Page said he plans to return this summer for one of the Swinney camps.