Surrounded by family and friends, he inked a National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning with Alabama at the Shades Valley High School gymnasium. Rated the fourth best defensive tackle in the nation, Daron Payne, 6-3, 330 pounds, is a mobile and agile disruptive force with tremendous power at the point of attack. He has the capability to play multiple positions and execute all the various techniques required by a defensive lineman in Nick Saban's Alabama system. The versatile big man fended off overtures from Auburn and Mississippi State after committing to Alabama in early January at the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com was present to witness the signing and speak with the supreme run stopper and the former head football coach of Shades Valley High School, Bill Smith.