Nation’s #1 DT is all Set to Choose

By: Neil Burnett

Payton Page is one of the top targets in the state of North Carolina in 2021. To say he is a “big” target is an understatement. At 6-4 360, Page will immediately remind Clemson fans of a former tiger player, Dexter Lawrence. The similarities are eerie.

Both Lawrence and Page hail from the state of North Carolina, growing up 75 miles from each other. Both ranked as the #1 DT in the state and top 5 DT’s in the nation. As a junior, Lawrence had 55 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. Page had 71 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. The only difference between the two, right now, is one signed with Clemson and the other has the tigers in his final 3.

Clemson’s 2021 class is currently ranked 4th in the country despite only having 14 commitments. The tigers are behind Ohio State (18), UNC (17), and Tennessee (23) in the rankings. Of Clemson’s 14 commitments, 5 are on the defensive side of the ball. Of the 14 commitments, 13 are rated 4-stars by ESPN and the lone 5-star is LB Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. Should Page decide on Clemson July 28th, this would give the tigers another 4-star to add to that group. It won’t be enough to move them past UT in the standings but that is mostly due to numbers of commits rather than talent of the class.

The depth chart at DT for 2021 will be led by junior Tyler Davis and senior Jordan Williams. Highly touted sophomores Brian Bresee, Tre Williams and Demonte Capehart will battle juniors Darnell Jefferies and Ruke Orhorhoro for playing time. Page would bring additional size and talent to this group.

On July 28th, Payton Page will be releasing his commitment to the school of his choice. He will choose between two schools currently ahead of Clemson in the rankings, UNC and Tennessee, and the tigers. CSN will be in Greensboro covering his commitment. Stay tuned.


  • No matter who you choose to play for good luck on your college experience and beyond. That said it would really be great to see a great player like yourself come be a big part of our Clemson family. Clemson has a great recent history of prepairing your men like yourself for the move on to the next level of playing football on Sundays in the NFL. Choose what you believe is the right move for you personally to make but the Clemson family is very loyal to our players and would love to pull for you on the Saturdays that you wear our colors and on the Sundays that you will surely be wearing the colors of a NFL team. Again good luck with whoever you choose to plat for.


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