Ricky Page

1.  Why did you decide to sign with Daytona State College?

I was talking with the coaches back and forth for a while after I went to a showcase at Daytona State, toured some of the campuses and learned about the program, I knew it was a good place to start my baseball career and education. After I had Tommy John surgery on June 30, 2011, they were one of the very few schools that still stayed in touch with me and checked out how my rehab was going, so I felt comfortable with them from the beginning of the recruiting process.

2. Describe the excitement you feel about becoming a college student-athlete?

It really is such a blessing. Everyone dreams of playing in that next level and for me to be able to have a chance to play in college, after missing my senior year injured, it’s truly overwhelming at times.

3. What advice would you give to other athletes looking to get recruited?

All I can say is play like every game is your last, go the extra mile, run when others aren’t, stay positive if something isn’t going your way and have a short memory. Mistakes are made when your mind isn’t on the task at hand. Also, being willing to go up to a coach and initiate a conversation or introducing yourself in a professional way really makes an impact. 

4. Who has been the biggest influence in your sports career and why?

It would have to be my father. He was an All-American athlete when he was in high school for soccer and baseball and played both sports exceptionally well at Rollins College in Winter Park. He knows what it takes to get to the next level and he put all of the time he could into helping me get where I am today. When I didn’t want to work he pushed me to get out there and keep getting better. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have made it past little league without his coaching and motivation.

5. What would you like to accomplish during your college sports career?

Staying healthy and having a quality education that is paid for. I love baseball, but I was raised to know my education comes first. After coming off major surgery, staying healthy is my main focus and the success will come with the hard work I put in each and every day.

 

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