Fairview senior wide receiver Grant Page understands his college commitment won’t be celebrated by many longtime fans from his home state.
He doesn’t blame them.
“I’m from Colorado,” Page said. “So, growing up, everybody hates Nebraska.”
Need another reason to despise Big Red?
Page is set to become the ninth high-profile Colorado prep football recruit since 2010 to spurn in-state schools for the Huskers. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout committed in June and is rock solid in his pledge — despite another uneven Huskers start to the college football season.
“I think Nebraska is on the edge of getting back to the top,” Page told The Denver Post.
He is on a mission to join a recruiting class that helps Nebraska turn the corner. It’s easy to understand why the Huskers were intent on landing his talents.
The hype surrounding Page dates back to the summer before his sophomore year. Page had yet to take a single varsity snap when Colorado State became his first Division I scholarship offer. Over the next two seasons, Page went on to record 134 receptions for 2,065 yards and 24 touchdowns. Fairview coach Tom McCartney credits much of that production to skills Page developed on the basketball court..
Last November, it culminated in a dominating effort against Castle View with 13 catches for 224 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
“(Page) can stem you. He can sell one thing and do another. With his basketball skill set, he’s about 6-3 and he’s going to go up and get the ball,” McCartney said. “He’s got the ability to get off press (coverage) be physical and run by people.”
Scholarship offers continued to pour in from schools such as 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 don’t think they missed texting me for months. They always kept in contact,” Page said. “It wasn’t just one coach, either. It was multiple coaches from the staff. Right 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, though, Page’s focus is leading Fairview to a Class 5A state championship. The Knights are 3-2 this season after losses to Castle View and Chaparral. But Fairview’s high-powered offense is flying high. Quarterback Bekkem Kritza, a freshman, threw for 1,370 yards in only four games. Page leads the team with 35 receptions.
“We definitely have a lot of potential. The sky is the limit for this team,” Page said. “Once we start clicking 100 percent, and playing our best ball, it’s going to be really hard to stop us.”