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Paige enjoys official to Gainesville

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Rivals250 wide receiver Ahmad Paige out of Sterlington, La. took his third official visit of the season to Gainesville this past weekend. What did the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder think of the trip to Florida?
"It went great, I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed it," he said. "I got there on Saturday morning and went to the game, toured the facilities, hung out with the players and check out the academic stuff. They showed me everything."
The four-star prospect first took in the game against South Carolina at the Swamp.
"The game was exciting and I'm glad I got to witness it firsthand," he said. "It was crazy and some of the players really got emotional. I didn't expect that. The atmosphere at the Swamp was wild. During warm-ups about 10 minutes before the game it was pretty empty and I thought they'd never fill it up. Then I came in with the team and the stadium went crazy and I looked up and it was full. The stadium was shaking and that was crazy.
"During the game, I really paid attention to the wide receivers. I was shocked to see how my trickery they use. They strategize a lot and I could see that fit me."
After the game, Paige hung out with his host Dallas Baker.
"He's cool and we had a lot in common," he said. "He's a quiet guy like myself and doesn't go out a lot. He mostly plays video games and we had very similar personalities. I walked out on the field with him and he basically told me the Florida fans really love their football players. He also went on to say that the coaches take care of you."
Before leaving on Sunday, the No. 13 wide receiver in the country talked with Urban Meyer.
"I had a meeting with coach Meyer and it was good," he said. "He talked about how diehard the fans were there and how they take care of their players. He also went into detail about how the coaches really care and then hit talked to my mom for a bit."
Overall the trip was a good one for Paige.
"I liked it a lot and I'm glad I took the visit," he said. "Definitely they are going to stay on my mind and it's a great place with a terrific atmosphere in the SEC. They might even win a championship this year. I think it's a great situation for me.
"Currently though I'm still committed to Florida State. I believe they'll be doing some changes in the offseason and that could definitely change a lot for me. If they switch out a lot of coaches on the offense, that'll make a big difference for me."
Next up for the No. 5 player in Louisiana is a trip in two weeks to Southern Cal.
"There's nothing in particular I want to see out there," he said. "I just want to check out the atmosphere since I've never been to California. I want to see how it compares to Florida.
"As far as the coaches, I want to see what type of relationship they have with the team and how they take care of their players."
After his trip to Southern Cal, Paige confirmed he plans to take his final official to Florida State in December.
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