Payne pumps iron at ‘Bama

Daron Payne dominated Alabama's offensive line/defensive line camp last summer, so this time around he elected to hit the gym during the camp in order to see how he stacks up at the next level. The five-star joked that the workout was "death," but admitted part of the day made him felt like the priority he is for the Tide.

When Daron Payne shows up at a college campuses these days, plenty of people notice.

Several recruits, in multiple classes, informed BamaMag that the state's top prospect was again at Alabama on Saturday. Most were there for the offensive and defensive line camp and/or 7-on-7 tournament, but the Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley star was there for a closer look at one facet of Nick Saban's program.

The state of the art weight room.

"It was good," he said of his time in Tuscaloosa. "I just got a workout in with Coach [Scott] Cochran. It was what they usually do…"

When asked to go into more detail on how he performed for Crimson Tide coaches, the five-star defensive tackle couldn't keep a straight face.

"Death," he said laughing. "But nah, bench, squats, power cleans and a bunch of other stuff. All at high tempo. It was a regular workout."

Payne admits that Cochran's high-energy personality and coaching style is something he looks forward to experiencing every time he's on campus at Alabama. Saturday, though the workouts were intense, was no different.

"I've never seen him not hype," he said laughing. "But he always seems excited to see me. He says he sees something in me. Coming from him, it carries a lot of weight.

"That's the best strength and conditioning coach in America."

Cochran wasn't the only coach taking time to talk to the No. 23 player in the nation, something he's become accustomed to on the recruiting trail.

"Coach Saban came over for a minute, he was busy with the 7-on-7 and D-line camp," Payne said. "He asked about the camp and talked about some of the reps he saw me go."

Still, there is no leader for the 6-foot-3, 329-pounder. Auburn, Florida State, Texas and potentially other programs remain in the mix not only for a visit this summer, but potentially for his eventual commitment.

The last Payne said, January's Under Armour Game remains the plan in terms of when a decision will be made.

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