Four-star defensive tackle Payton Page, one of the Tennessee Vols’ top 2021 recruiting targets, is set to announce his commitment in the next few weeks.
And as of now, it’s a complete toss-up between Clemson, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Page, the No. 7 rated defensive tackle in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings, isn’t the type to reveal too much about his recruitment in interviews. The Greensboro, NC native recently spoke with Rivals about his upcoming decision and he was quite vague.
“It’s been the same conversation with Clemson but it’s getting more intense just because we’ve been texting more and talking more,” said Page.
The dynamic defensive tackle added “I’m glad for Tennessee because they’re getting all these great players but it’s not going to affect me that much”.
Page said his decision is going to come down to where he’s most comfortable.
Rivals recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said earlier this month that he’s leaning toward Page picking Clemson, though he acknowledged he’s not particularly confident about that pick.
The Vols do have a connection to Page. Former UT defensive back Emmanuel Moseley, now a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, attended the same high school as Page (Dudley). I’m not sure if that will factor into Page’s decision, but I’m sure Moseley has been in the four-star defensive tackle’s ear.
It’s going to be tough for the Vols to beat out Clemson and North Carolina for Page. One thing to watch for with Clemson is that if Page commits there, Dabo Swinney won’t allow Page to take official visits to other programs this fall. Could that be a dealbreaker for Page?
Because of the recruiting shutdown, it’s hard to envision Page not wanting to take his official visits this fall. And if he commits to Clemson in July, it will essentially mean his recruitment has to be shut down, unless he decommits from the Tigers.
For now, it’s unclear exactly when Page will commit in July.
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