Spring Valley junior tight end Corbin Page does a little bit of everything for the Class AAA No. 1 Timberwolves, and big-name colleges are certainly starting to notice.
Page, listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, emerged as a key blocker in SV’s run-heavy offensive attack in 2019 as a sophomore but also flashed a knack for scoring touchdowns. Out of 16 total catches in 2019, Page found the end zone on 10 of them.
That combination of size and production has put Page on the radars of top programs across the country, including West Virginia. The Mountaineers, Virginia Tech and Virginia all made scholarship offers to Page on the same day last week, adding three more Power 5 schools to his growing list of college options. Page said it was WVU’s Neal Brown and Matt Moore who made the offer from the Mountaineers.
“It was kind of overwhelming at first,” Page told WVSN of all the recruiting attention he has received since coaches have been allowed to contact Class of 2022 recruits.
West Virginia is in a unique position when it comes to Page’s recruitment. The Mountaineers have been all over Spring Valley offensive lineman Wyatt Milum — one of the top offensive line recruits in the country for the Class of 2021 who earlier this year committed to WVU.
Because of that, the West Virginia staff has spent considerable time on Spring Valley’s Wayne County campus and while they could not directly recruit Page until recently, they were certainly familiar with him when the time came and vice versa.
“[Milum] being who he is brings all the coaches and views and all of that,” Page said. “All I’ve got to do is do what I do best and hope for the best.
[WVU coaches] came to the school, I would say, probably once or twice a month for a while there. Of course, I couldn’t talk to them because I was a sophomore. We might see each other in the office or say ‘hi’, but we couldn’t talk much at all.”
Page’s current list of scholarship offers includes the recent trio of WVU, Virginia Tech and Virginia along with Oregon, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana, Marshall and Central Michigan. Big Ten powers Ohio State and Penn State have been sniffing around the Timberwolves’ standout — who could also play defensive line or offensive line at the next level – as well.
“I would describe my game as being all around,” Page said. “I can block, I can catch, I can run. My vision is pretty good. I’m not trying to sound cocky or anything, but I would say I have a little bit of it all.
“I don’t have anything planned [for college visits — virtual or in person] right now but I’ve talked to a couple of colleges like Ohio State and Penn State, Indiana, WVU, Louisville, Cincinnati and actually Houston wanted me to come up on a visit too.”
Page, of course, was on the field two weeks ago when Spring Valley won at Martinsburg to end the Bulldogs’ four-year long win streak that has included four consecutive Class AAA state championships.
“At first we were all nervous with the jitters — they had a a 57-game win streak and we can be the team to end it,” Page said of the Martinsburg game. “All the work that we put in during the offseason — the season ends in December and we start lifting in January. So lifting in January, February all the way [through the offseason]. We knew [Martinsburg was] strong and we knew they had some really, really good guys. We just had to go an execute and do what we trained to do. That’s what we did. We only passed the ball twice, but hey, we won and that’s all that matters.”
Long trips from Wayne County to the eastern extremes of the Mountain State are not common for regular season games, but as we know 2020 has been the most unusual season of high school football in state history. In addition to taking on Martinsburg — riding that win streak with all of that history on its side — in a place where the Bulldogs had not lost since 2007, the Timberwolves had to take a nearly seven-hour bus ride to get there the day of the game.
Page said it was all certainly worth it.
“It was a seven-hour party on that bus on the way home,” he said.