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.