Offensive Line, Class of 2022
Spring Valley, Huntington, WV
As the scholarship offers accumulate for Spring Valley (WV) 2022 offensive lineman Corbin Page, he’s drawing on some familiarities to make sense of his options.
Page now claims 10 offers, most recently Virginia Tech, Virginia and West Virginia, which all came on the same day nearly three weeks ago. He’s especially familiar with two of those schools. As he also decides what characteristics matter most when choosing his next home, he’s also using what he knows about the schools first-hand.
“I want to go somewhere that kind of reminds me of home, but not too much,” Page said. “I don’t want to be in another place that it’s just like home. As offense goes, I don’t really have a preference. I can have an offer for tight end, D-end and offensive tackle at a place like Oregon. It’s kind of like, whatever gets me into the game, whatever can get me to the pros. As far as academics, just somewhere I can get a good education to support me and my family after the NFL, or if I don’t make the pros.”
Page’s father, Taron Page, played at Virginia Tech in 1987 and 1988, before an ACL injury cut his career short. That connection has long put the Hokies at the forefront.
“That was my first college visit, my freshman year, I got to see Coach (Bud) Foster, who was my dad’s coach,” Corbin Page said. “Just that being my first college game, seeing everybody, I have family in Blacksburg. That plays a big role in committing and just wherever I go. Virginia Tech is always just going to be a great program, with great facilities and everything.”
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Page said he hasn’t returned to Blacksburg this year, but he remembers plenty from the past trips he took.
“Just seeing how everybody is family, more than teammates, they have a lot of leaders and people that were there for each other more than anything,” he said. “They have that brotherhood, and that plays a big role. If I was to go there, I’d have coaches who had my back and would do anything for me. That’s the best thing I saw when I went up there.”
It’s also been a mix of Virginia Tech coaches that he’s talked to. Each have given him more perspective on the Hokies.
Corbin Page said he estimates he also talks with members of the West Virginia staff three to four times per week. That, coupled with connections and previous trips there have the Mountaineers also in a strong position.
“They’re probably right now top three,” Corbin Page said. “It’s home, in-state, I could stay home there. They have a great coach in Coach (Matt) Moore and Coach (Neal) Brown. Wyatt (Milum) is committed there, a couple of other teammates are there. And I just like the city. I’ve been to Morgantown a lot, and I love it up there. I like Coach Brown. I talk to him a lot, and Coach Moore.”
Louisville has also made a favorable impression with the younger Page. Much of that has been from special teams coordinator Stu Holt.
“I talk to them non-stop, just all the time,” Corbin Page said. “I just feel like with Louisville, it’s not far from home. The city is beautiful, it’s a great program and the coaches are more chill coaches, to an extent. I can also just talk to them. I haven’t talked in a few weeks, but we had been talking like two times a week.”
Right now, Corbin Page said he’s unsure what will come next. Without any visits planned, he’s had to continually rely on virtual looks of his options, as well as word of mouth. That’s muddied any thought of a decision timeline.
“I want to keep visiting other schools and keep learning about other schools, keep taking visits,” he said. “I have some I like, but I could go to any other college and think, maybe I don’t want to go there. My dream has been to commit at the (Army) All-American Bowl, so we’ll just see how it goes. I got invited to the All-American Underclassman Bowl, which is huge.”
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