Fairview senior wide receiver Grant Page understands that his college commitment will not be celebrated by many longtime fans from his home country.
He does not blame them.
“I’m from Colorado,” Page said. “So growing up, everyone hates Nebraska.”
Need another reason to despise Big Red?
The site is set to become the ninth high-profile Colorado prep football recruit since 2010 to reject state schools to the Huskers. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout was committed in June and is rock solid in its promise — despite yet another uneven Husker start to the college football season.
“I think Nebraska is on the verge of getting back to the top,” Page told the Denver Post.
He’s on a mission to attend a recruiting class that helps Nebraska turn the corner. It’s easy to understand why Huskers intended to land his talents.
The hype around Page goes back to the summer before his second year. Page had not yet taken a single university photo when Colorado State became his first Division I scholarship offer. Over the next two seasons, Page 134 recorded receptions for 2,065 yards and 24 touchdowns. Fairview coach Tom McCartney credits much of this production to skills developed on the basketball court.
Last November, it culminated in a dominant effort against Castle View with 13 catches for 224 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
“(Page) can stop you. He can sell one thing and do another. With his basketball skill set, he is around 6-3 and he wants to go up and get the ball, ”McCartney said. “He has the ability to get out of the press (coverage) be physical and run by humans.”
Scholarship offers continue to be offered from schools like CU, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Michigan State and others over the past year. But Nebraska stood above the rest. Page committed shortly after taking a campus visit this summer.
“I do not think they missed sending me a text message for several months. They always kept in touch, ”said Page. “It was not just a coach either. There were several coaches from the staff. Just when this COVID thing was slowing down and we could visit schools, I knew I had to be there. … It was amazing and everything I wanted. ”
For now, however, Pages’ focus leads Fairview to a Class 5A state championship. The Knights are 3-2 this season after losses to Castle View and Chaparral. But Fairview’s powerful offense flies high. Quarterback Bekkem Kritza, a rookie, threw 1,370 yards in just four games. Page leads the team with 35 receptions.
“We definitely have great potential. The sky is the limit for this team, ”said Page. “When we start clicking 100 percent and playing our best ball, it gets really hard to stop us.”
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