September 23, 2007

Four-star OL visits UA

With three high-profile commitments on the offensive line already, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is building what could be the nation's best offensive line class for the 2008 recruiting season. This weekend, the Crimson Tide earned a visit from another of the nation's top lineman, Rivals250 guard Kenneth Page and the 6-foot-4, 293-pounder from South Carolina came away impressed with the visit.

"I've been wanting to go to Alabama for a game and this weekend was my best time because we had a Thursday night game. I got there about 3:30 Saturday and they took us straight to the stadium and I got to watch the Walk of Champions which was really nice. It's a nice thing they do to show their players some respect," Page said "I hung out with the other recruits and they fed us barbecue. The only recruit I knew was Antoine McClain who I met at a camp. We talked about schools and just normal stuff."

Once the game kicked off, Page was treated to an overtime thriller with the Crimson Tide coming up just short to the Georgia Bulldogs in an intense SEC battle.

"I had never been to an Alabama game before and I wasn't expecting that. The atmosphere was the best I have seen anywhere. I was caught off guard. The fans were outstanding and it was very loud. I was on the sideline and it was just electric," Page said. "The game itself was great and they showed a lot of heart by coming back and sending it into overtime. I was impressed with how hard they played and the gameplan. Someone has to lose every game."

Page, who visited the Capstone over the summer as well, said he has developed a strong relationship with the Alabama coaching staff, which could be a key to landing his signature.

"I talked to Coach (Burton) Burn who has been recruiting me. He just wanted to know how my every day life was going and how my family was. He's a good person," Page said. "I also talked to Coach Saban and he told me that they were very interested in me if I wanted to be part of the Crimson Tide program."

While the Tide improved its standing with Page, the South Carolina star is not yet ready to pair down his list of favorites.

"I still have the same 10 favorites right now. My only official so far is for Notre Dame (10/19). I'm not sure on the others yet," Page said. "Alabama has always been in that top 10 and this weekend I learned a lot more about them. It was a good visit that helped them."

Page boasts 5.0-40 speed, a 360-pound bench press, 500 squat and 23-inch vertical jump.


Ryan Bartow contributed to this story

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