"A lot of high schools aren't going to stretch the field and make you cover, because offenses tend to go wide," Daugherty said. "He can definitely run with a tight end or a back and he can get anywhere he needs to be.
"Most of all (colleges) want to see that tackle end, and he does that. He's a play-ender."
Off the field, Paige has a reputation for being every bit as good as he is on it, if not better.
"I forget who were playing, but someone brought a bunch of brownies in one day and the kids ran over there and were taking like 15 at a time," Daugherty recalled. "Gee grabbed some and took them over to the freshmen players, some he probably didn't even know.
"From the freshman team to someone like (quarterback) Zach Phillips, who is on his level, everyone on the team loves Geremy. He treats everyone with respect. His parents did a great job with him and that makes it easy on us, because we don't have to teach him to be a great man. As coaches, all we have to do is teach him how to be a great linebacker."
Though the award is something Paige said he can one day tell his kids about, he would have traded it for a chance to play in last weekend's AAA title game, where he was informed he had won the honor.
"But I definitely see it as a positive because it's the first time we've been to the semis in years. That's a great feeling, but it still hurts that we're not playing," he said. "(The award) means the world to me. These three years I have been trying my hardest and busting my butt in the weight room and it has all paid off."
Not only that, but Paige worked extensively with assistant coach Rick Marsh to get better at being able to recognize what offenses were doing each week.
"His first year he was terrible at reading keys. If you faked to the left, he was going for it," Daugherty recalled. "Rick did a great job of coaching him up at reading the guard and the fullback.
"You can't trick him anymore."
The state knows that now.