Five-star defensive lineman Payton Page, the nation’s top rated 2021 defensive tackle, released his top 11 schools on Monday and the Tennessee Vols made the cut.

Page, 6-foot-4/315 lbs from Greensboro, NC, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 5 overall 2021 recruit in the nation.

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman predicted in September that Page would end up committing to North Carolina, because of his relationship with UNC commit Myles Murphy (his teammate at Dudley). Mike Farrell, another Rivals recruiting analyst, said at the same time that he expects Page to sign with Clemson.

With those differing opinions, it’s clear that Page’s recruitment is still wide open. While it doesn’t seem like Tennessee is among Page’s top two or three schools, we know how fast things can change in recruiting. All it takes is one great visit to change a recruit’s perception of a school.

One interesting note for Vol fans: Former Vols defensive back Emmanuel Moseley, who played under Butch Jones at UT, played high school football at Dudley. So there’s at least a connection there between Page’s high school and Tennessee.

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