Clemson has made four-star DT Payton Page of Greensboro, NC the total focus for that position in the 2021 class. He is the only offered defensive tackle on the Tigers’ board at this point. Page has been returning that love keeping the Tigers among his favorites throughout. Now that he is down to a final three of Clemson, North Carolina and Tennessee, Page plans to scrutinize each situation before he decides which will be the best fit for him.
“With North Carolina, they have a new defensive line coach,” Page said. “And Tennessee stands out because they have a new defensive line coach, Jimmy Brumbaugh, who seems to know what he is doing, He is pretty good and I talked to him for a minute when I went up there. Distance doesn’t really have anything to do with it. All of my top three are not that far away.”
Page also sees things in Clemson that differentiate it from the other two.
“The hospitality. They just treat me differently from other schools Because schools will usually say one thing and they don’t mean it. But I trust Clemson in what they are saying,” Page said. “You are going to have to work for your starting position. That is what they told me. That is the most real thing I’ve heard yet. Talking to some other schools, they tell me that I have a starting position right out of the gate. I know that is a lie. I know there is another dude that y’all have over there that knows the plays and is going to be more qualified at that position before I get there. And then y’all are not going to let me work for it? That doesn’t make any sense.”
Page said his plan now is to visit his three finalists one more time before making his decision, which he wants to make prior to his senior season. Last season Page had 71 tackles with 26 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. He has 13 sacks for his high school career.