Neal Brown and the West Virginia football program received a present a day after Christmas by getting their first commitment for their Class of 2022.
Spring Valley High three-star tight end Corbin Page (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) decided to end his recruitment early by announcing he was staying home and committing to the Mountaineers. Along with West Virginia, Page also received offers from programs such as Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Louisville, Oregon, Marshall and Virginia.
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West Virginia Sports Now spoke with the Huntington, West Virginia native prior to him making his decision public and he told WVSN that staying home and playing in his home state was a huge factor in his decision.
“Committing now was the right time because just waiting for more offers or for more people to contact you, I just knew that no matter what, no matter who came in right now, even if Alabama would come in right now, that West Virginia was still going to be the place for me,” Page said. “Also, the fact that West Virginia is my home and it’s my state. I know that beyond football, although football is the dream, but beyond football, West Virginia and the coaching staff are going to have my back no matter what and that played a huge role in my decision. With Wyatt already going there and Doug committing yesterday, which also played a role, I just felt really comfortable there.
“West Virginia is my home, this is me. Without the state of West Virginia, I’d be an entirely different person. All my friends are from West Virginia, it’s made me the person I am. Now to be able to put on that jersey and to be able to ‘Climb the Climb’ is like no other feeling. When I visited there my sophomore year last year, I just knew the moment I stepped foot in the stadium and how everyone there is for you and behind you, it was beyond anything that I could imagine. I had other options but in my mind and in my heart, I knew West Virginia was it.”
Brown finished his second season at West Virginia with a record of 5-4 after finishing 5-7 in his first year in Morgantown. The Mountaineer staff is rebuilding the roster and filling it with their type of players so he’s still building things. Page and other recruits are aware of this and are excited to be a part of the winning culture that Brown has planned for the near future.
“I think this program is going to go through the room very soon,” Page said. “Coach Brown is a great coach and we saw that when he was at Troy and it’s going to take some time. For some people, they’re not doing to believe but I do and like I said, I think they’re close to going through the room and are on the way to reaching the top, honestly. It’s going to take time but I wanted to be a part of that.”
Page was unaware when we told him that he was West Virginia’s first commitment for the Class of 2022 but said he was excited and honored to be that guy in maybe becoming the leader as Brown brings in more top players over the next year.
“West Virginia just got a player that’s going to work his behind off. I know coming in, I’m not going to just be handed a position but I’m going to work for it. Aside from getting a good player on the field, they also got a good person off the field that will represent them well, do well in the classroom and do whatever I can to help them win championships.”