Payton Page

DT Payton Page (6-4 315) of Greensboro, NC is rated the top player in that state for the 2021 class by the 247Sports composite. The five-star prospect is the #7 player nationally, the #2 defensive tackle. From over 30 offers, Page narrowed his lis to 11…Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Alabama, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. He wants to narrow his list to a top five and then have a decision before his senior season.

Page said he has visited Clemson two or three times and probably will return for a junior day.

“Clemson has been telling me how much I can fit in and how much I have already done, and I could have an immediate impact,” Page said. “They seem like family.”

Page did not visit USC during the season. He said he had plans to visit on a particular weekend but his grandmother passed away so he had to cancel. He still has his interest in the Gamecocks and will consider visiting for a junior day.

“It’s a good school,” Page said. “I’m supposed to go on a visit soon, I just don’t know when. I hear from coach Muschamp about every other week.”

Clemson and USC appear to be keeping up regular contact with Page. However, he said that’s not the case among all of his top 11 schools.

“You’re the only person I’ve told this to, but not really,” he said. “A lot of them have not been recruiting me as hard as some others, and that’s going to affect my top five.”

And when that top five will come out also is in doubt.

“Was going to come out real soon but my brother didn’t like some of my choices,” he said. “You know, this is a family commitment.”

According to MaxPreps stats, this season Page had 71 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. For his three seasons of high school ball, he has compiled 191 tackles, 55 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

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