This weekend the Huskers picked up a commitment from wide receiver Grant Page. The Colorado native (6-3, 185) is a standout player at Fairview High School in Boulder where coach Tom McCartney is going on his 29th season running to program. That means he’s seen some players in his day. McCartney has seen former players Philip Bland and Kenny Bell go on to play for the Huskers.
It’s been over a year since the Huskers came calling about Page. A lot of time Nebraska was asking questions about the prospect. McCartney and offensive coordinator Matt Lubick know each other being from Colorado. Lubick was able to pick McCartney’s brain on Page, as a person and a player. The team asked a lot of questions about character, integrity, family, school and leadership on the team. Page passed that test with flying colors.
“I just basically let them know that Grant is a team captain,” McCartney said. “He comes from a great family. I know his older brother and his twin sister as well. He does a great job on our team as far as leadership. Grant is one of those guys that is really personable.”
McCartney describes Page as someone that teammates and the larger student body are drawn to. He’s a great young man with a lot of charisma. On the field, Page has been a standout player since his freshman season at Fairview.
“Grant makes things look easy. It’s just smooth,” McCartney said.
“It looks effortless, you know? The way he runs and the way he stems as a wide receiver to get open with his feet. He can high point a ball. He just has the ability to make things look easy.”
As a freshman McCartney and his staff know that Page was special. They kept him on the freshman team before moving him up late in the season when he cracked the varsity two-deep. As a sophomore he already had Division I offers to play college football. He received those offers even before playing that season. During his tenth-grade season Page led the state in receiving. Page repeated that feat during his junior season.
Page has been very productive at receiver during his high school career. He’s been able to do that despite changing quarterbacks the last two seasons. Now entering his senior year he will have another new quarterback. This time the player getting him the ball will be a freshman. McCartney is asking for a different type of leadership from his star but he feels Page is up to the task.
“Grant is not necessarily going to be our boisterous or vocal leader but he’s just really good behind the scenes,” McCartney said. “That’s kind of what a coach really needs. That locker room presence when maybe the coach isn’t there. You need guys that reinforce our culture and knows what we’re all about.”
The Huskers made a big impression on Page during his official visit. He’s been bragging on their tradition, culture and community love for the program. It sounds like the Huskers are getting just as good of a person as they are a football player.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.