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Clemson lands monster defensive lineman, Page commits to Tigers

July 28, 2020
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Clemson's future on the defensive line continues to look impressive as four-star Payton Page‍ pledged to the TIgers moments ago.

During an event broadcasted on his Instagram account, Page committed to the Tigers revealing a Clemson mask that he put over his nose and mouth.

Page, who we’ve compared to Dexter Lawrence, will become the next center-piece on the interior defensive line at Clemson. The Greensboro, NC native checks in at 6’4 while tipping the scales at nearly 330-pounds. Page, who also compares well to current Clemson defensive lineman Tyler Davis, is a force at the line of scrimmage.

The first time we saw Page, much like Lawrence, you could feel and see the difference in his body composition compared to the rest of the recruits on campus that day.

Much like we were sold on Page, the ambiance in Tiger Town is what he said sold him on Clemson.

“I chose Clemson because Clemson has a great atmosphere, and I always felt at home when I went for my unofficial visits,” Page said. “I also like the vibe that Clemson has.”

Page told ClemsonSportsTalk.com that the decision between Clemson, Tennessee, and North Carolina was a tough one.

“At the end of the day, this was a hard decision because all three schools had things I liked. Unfortunately, I can only choose one. I felt more at home at Clemson.”

The Tigers' recent success was also a big deal for Page, but equally as important is the education that he will get during his time at Clemson.

“Clemson has a winning history, but I know I will get a good education at Clemson and this was very important to my parents.”

The Dudley High School star has a great relationship with Todd Bates, who led the recruitment of Brent Venables next “stuffer” on the defensive front. 

“Coach Bates is the one I have the closest relationship with. He is very encouraging and motivating. He answered any questions that I [had] and he really cares about me and my family,” Page stated.

As for his future head coach, Page said it was nice to know that Dabo Swinney was invested in more than just the football prospect, but the entire person as we noted earlier today.

“I have built great relationships with the coaches. Coach Dabo has always been down to earth and when we talked it was hardly about football,” Page said. “It [is always] about life stuff and I really liked that.”

Page also recognizes the effort that Venables puts in as defensive coordinator, and the mammoth defensive tackle is ready to get started.

“Coach Venables is all energy every time we talk. Fast-paced, but says good motivating stuff too. Coach Swinney, Coach Venables, and Coach Bates are a great winning combination.”

When you combine Clemson’s program with Page’s motivation, good things are going to continue to happen on the Tigers’ defensive line.

“I am ready to be someone who is loyal, hardworking, and committed to being a good team player both on and off the field for [the] Clemson Tigers.”

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Clemson lands monster defensive lineman, Page commits to Tigers

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The d-line tradition continues. Can't wait for all these pieces to work in action.
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"Coach Bates is the one I have the closest relationship with. He is very encouraging and motivating. He answered any questions that I [had] and he really cares about me and my family," Page stated.
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