LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — If Nathan Page is on the football field, chances are he’s going to stand out.
The position, well, that doesn’t really matter for now.
The Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock) junior had more than 1,300 all-purpose yards while playing wide receiver and returning kicks last season. He also added 81 tackles and six interceptions as a safety on defense.
“As long as I’m on the field helping my team out, it really doesn’t matter the position,” Page told SEC Country last Friday during the Garrett Uekman Foundation’s 7-on-7 tournament, where he showed off his skills.
Page is currently the top-ranked player in Arkansas in the Class of 2018. The 4-star prospect has received interest from several schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU and Texas A&M.
“When we sat down with (Arkansas coach Bret) Bielema in April, there were three positions mentioned in that talk alone,” Robinson assistant coach Brian Maupin said. “That kind of lets you know just how special his skill set is. I told Coach Bielema, I’m glad you guys have got to figure out where to put him and not us. We’re going to let him do everything.”
At 6-foot, 180 pounds, Page has added some height and gained around 30 pounds over the last year. His speed hasn’t been sacrificed with the added weight, recording a time of 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash this spring.
“He’s good enough to be a big-time D-I cornerback,” Maupin said. “I think the biggest thing is where his top-end speed ends up getting to. If he becomes a true 4.3 or 4.4 guy, he could become one of the best lockdown corners in college football.
“If he gets big enough to be a safety and his speed is topped out, he’s definitely a willing tackler and could potentially do that. Then he’s also dynamite with the football in his hands.”
While he’s yet to receive any offers from big-time programs, Page expects those are right around the corner as he enters his junior season.
“(College coaches) are just waiting for me to take my ACT, and see my first couple games of the season,” Page said. “Then they said I should be getting the offers.”
Page’s recruitment first took off thanks in part to his own teammates. T.J. Hammonds, now a freshman running back at Arkansas, starred at Robinson last season as a heavily-recruited 4-star prospect. Razorbacks 2017 wide receiver commit Koilan Jackson has also had college coaches paying close attention to Robinson this spring. As many as eight of Page’s teammates this season are receiving looks from Division-I programs.
“They’ve helped a lot, because (coaches) have come down to see them and if I do something good, that’s just helping me get looked at,” Page said.
Page has made visits to Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Memphis this summer with no clear favorite yet among the schools he’s been in contact with.
For now, he’ll look to continue making a name for himself with the opportunity for more impact at Robinson this season.
“He was such a big contributor as a sophomore, to image an expanded role for him is a mind-blowing concept as a coach,” Maupin said. “To think that his production is going to be increased is really mind-blowing.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.