It's Down to Two Pac-10 Schools for Payne

When you're a mid-year prospect who can enroll in the spring, mid-December is definitely a time when options have to be narrowed. Klein Forest (Tex.) standout Kendrick Payne is doing exactly that. The defensive tackle just visited Arizona State this past weekend, and will trip to one of its conference foes next month. Devils Digest caught up with Payne to get his impressions about his Tempe visit.

"It was a wonderful visit," said the 6-3 260 Kendrick Payne who hails from the Houston area. "I went to practice, the basketball game, I sat down and watched film with the D-Line coach and that was really cool. I really liked that. Some players that played that position (defensive line) at ASU play in the NFL, so that's a plus."

"I love that stadium, the players and coaches were really cool…Coach Erickson was real down to earth and spent a lot of time with us on the visit.

Payne said that his mother enjoyed the visit as well, and that this visit gave them both a lot to think about. "She loved it on the visit and said this is where I'm going to school. But I don't know yet," he commented. "We're gonna talk about it when we get home. Right now we're planning to visit Cal on Jan. 4th. I'm finished taking trips after that visit. I'm gonna make my decision after that trip."

Due to the fact that he's taking that Cal visit, the defensive tackle won't be signing a Letter of Intent on December 19th – the first day mid-year transfers can officially commit to a school. "I'm gonna sign in January before the deadline (which is Jan. 15th)," he noted. "Those are really the two only schools I'm looking at. I'm kind of looking at Rice too, but I really wanna play big scale football. So it's probably gonna be Arizona State or Cal."

Payne didn't rule out committing to ASU before his Cal visit, saying that "I still need to talk to them about their depth chart and some other things. I guess I would know more after I talked to them."

The defensive tackle already visited Rice, Tulane and Iowa State. He scheduled to graduate high this month and with an SAT score of 1500 total, and a GPA is a 4.2 he's already academically qualified.

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