Solon Page set for Team USA U15 camp
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Future Kell Longhorn Solon Page, center, will be traveling to northern Ohio for U.S. National Team development program at the end of the month.
Future Kell Longhorn Solon Page, center, will be traveling to northern Ohio for U.S. National Team development program at the end of the month.
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By Adam Carrington

acarrington@mdjonline.com

Solon Page III just finished his eighth grade year and he already stands at 6-feet-2 and 175-pounds.

He bench presses is 210 pounds and runs 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

The 14-year-old rising Kell High School freshman may just be growing into his body, but he is already garnering interest from Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State and Southern Miss. He desires to play in the NFL and appears to be on the right path.

After compiling roughly seven touchdowns as a receiver and 14 sacks as a defensive end for the Junior Yellow Jackets, he took part in the USA Football combine held at Lassiter High School.

Now he’s about to head to Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio as one of 100 players in the under-15 division selected for the U.S. National Development Team program. The six-day camp begins June 30.

“As soon as I found out I made it, I was pretty speechless because I was going up against high school kids,” Page III said, who chose to leave the Sprayberry feeder program to play for the Longhorns. “There wasn’t many youth players. It was mostly high school and I didn’t think I would make it.”

According to the invitation Page received from Matt Ferrara, U.S. National Development team coordinator, Page III was chosen for his football skills, leadership and character.

Now converting to an outside linebacker, coaches at the U.S. Combine praised Page III for his coverage ability, being coachable and not getting down on himself after a bad play, his father Salon Page, Jr. said. The younger Page also has a knack for stopping both the run and his pass with his explosiveness and turning his hips in coverage.

“He’s had a real good showing at linebacker,” Page Jr. said of his son. “He shows (coaches) what they like to see. One of the coaches told me, ‘No matter what I say, he’ll do it and get it done.’”

Page III said he’s expecting stern competition once he arrives at Walsh as he competes against other top players in the nation. The 100 eighth grade athletes, Page III included, will be assigned to either Team USA Red or Team USA Blue and will practice for six straight days.

Last summer, Page III participated in the Top Gun youth camp at Williamsburg, Va. headed by former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche.

Pretty soon, Kell is about to find out what Page III is capable of.

“He’s real long and lean and will develop into a thick physical player,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “He’s a well mannered intelligent player and has a chance to do great things over the next four years. If he’s getting accolades like that at a young age, he’s got potential.”

The Page’s chose to leave the Sprayberry program for Kell mostly because of the emphasis the Longhorns put on the defensive side of the ball and the defensive stalwarts that have already played there such as current Tennessee safety Brian Randolph, and incoming Georgia defensive backs Brendan Langley and Quincy Mauger.

“It’s the best program suited for my needs and what I’m trying to do,” Page III said.











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Erik Kaminski
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July 23, 2013
I don't need a fancy name to speak on here. Solon is a good football player, and an even greater kid. I coached him in 8th grade at Sprayberry. First off, he never attended Sprayberry HS so he can't be considered a jumper (he was never a part of the HS program). Second, I have never heard of anybody leaving a job for less money, and a worse opportunity. That being said, perhaps the people complaining should consider why Sprayberry lost 10 players (8 starters) from their 8th grade team. Third, you shouldn't let the kids develop your program. The program should develop the kids. Ultimately, I see parents doing what is best for their children, and I see adults having an issue with the kids. If you have a problem, voice it to the face of the parent directly, and please bring your credentials with you. That being said, good luck Solon and to Sprayberry.
Mom - Higher Ed
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July 24, 2013
Thank you Erik...YOU are a class act!!!
Team South
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July 23, 2013
I guess ignorance and lies speak the loudest to be heard while truth and intelligence quietly preserve fact over fiction.



Good Luck Sprayberry!

Higher Education
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July 23, 2013
Sad how people comment about something they have no clue about and in the process so their true ignorance!
DitchWallaWoo
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July 11, 2013
Lassiter is the best program in East Cobb -- by far -- both academically AND athletically.

Either he couldn't handle the academics at Lassiter or his family couldn't afford to live in the Lassiter area. To choose Kell over Lassiter is to choose Buick (although "nice") over Mercedes (which is NICE!).
Erik Kaminski
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July 23, 2013
This isn't necessarily true. Walton is the best school in Cobb academically. Kell, Lassiter, and Walton have all done very well athletically. Maybe his parents preferred to place their child in an environment that they felt the most comfortable which could include coaches, location in regard to their home (because they will have to drive him to school, and pick him up from out of district), and a number of other what I would consider less important factors.
gridgoon
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July 11, 2013
wayda negosheeate that contrak, bruh?

wha' kanda singin' bonus u get?

u gon'go fara 'n blo up huge, like, LeeeeBron,

kno' wha' im sayin'?

remember, there ain't no "U" in "team",

so to kell (sic) with "team",

cuz its all about "U", baby!!!

yeah, yeah, yeah, boy'eee!
dwitch
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July 11, 2013
okay, so the path to fame and fortune must be to train in the Sprayberry Junior program and then go to Kell for High School. Got it. Check. 10-4. Roger. Over and out.
anonymous
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July 11, 2013
i guess the Kell Jr program must be terrible if he decided to go to Kell AFTER his "stellar" acts at Sprayberry.
anonymous
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July 11, 2013
“It’s... best... for my needs and what I’m trying to do,” Page III said.

stated perfectly, and as soon as it is NOT the best for him, he will consider alternatives.

He already sounds like a first-round pick to me!

heck, with 8th grade football behind him (man, all of 8th grade!), he'll be compelled to forego his college eligibility (claiming hardship) and enter the NFL draft no later than 2015.
danese Turner
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June 22, 2013
Solon III is an all-around great kid! So proud of his stellar athletic abilities and God-given talent! Your TCC WAM Family is praying for your continued success!
Alycia Tatum
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June 18, 2013
Do it Solon! Do your thing! I'm so proud of you.
Spokram
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June 17, 2013
Good luck to young Mr Solon Page. I am impressed the family had the wisdom to leave the Sprayberry program.

Kell is a much better program.
Markops
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July 11, 2013
The Longthorns will find that Solon is all about Solon, as are most who jump school districts. "Jumpers" don't usually work out well, but time will tell (as it did with others who ended up riding the the bench -- or left for OTHER programs entirely).

Oh great Kell, the program which had to fire its first head coach and prinicipal for fraud and graft just a decade ago (and which currently "recruits" players to move)... hmmm... sounds like a "fine" example of how a program should work... and Kell is academically inferior to most East Cobb schools, so even if Solon neglected to negotiate a light school schedule in his recruitment package, he'd likely graduate as Valedictorian over at that place just for showing up for practice once a week.

Sploogram
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July 11, 2013
It is a shame Solon will be denied a Nationally ranked education at Sprayberry. A very "wise" and "impressive" choice to degrade academics for athletics, but we all have or priorities.
Higher Education
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July 23, 2013
To the ONE person with all the negative comments...showing your true ignorance!
anonymous
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January 06, 2014
The only reason these kids are leaving is because all they care about is going D1 and going to Alabama or Texas, if your a great athlete no matter what program you go too a school will find you. I graduated from strawberry in 2012 the last year we went to the playoffs all my teammates went D1 they didn't need to be all-americans we have guys at West Georgia, Tennessee Tech, Charleston Southern, Valdosta State. We currently have 2 guys getting looked at by Mark Richt. We might not have had a Brian Randolph but are safety had a 140 tackles and a 4.0 gpa and playing at Davidson a ivy league school. These kids go to kell cause of the uniforms and the hype of playing in the dome and the Brendan Langley and Quincy Mangers all of those kids are home grown and stayed in there programs. Not transferring cause they don't think sprayberry will offer them anything. The majority of the kids we have play are great athletes but there's grades aren't major to them. Sprayberry coaches do the best they can too make sure the players are doing good in there classes and passing so colleges will want too look at them. I have no respect for Kells program they steal kids from other programs too refurbish there's and keep winning rather then use there own kids. We shouldn't have to keep fighting to keep our players in our program. I grew up in the Jr.jacket program and played through high school now I'm coaching football and majoring in physical therapy. I will forever love the black and gold hopefully parents will understand how important it is for this kids too stay. Also sprayberry defense isn't as depth as kells? Are defensive coordinator used to coach college football thats as good as it gets when it comes too coaching and his one of the smartest men ive ever met. So thats a excuse not a reason why he didn't stay.
Aleah
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June 17, 2013
Yay, go Solon!
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