Defensive Lineman Impressive in Spring Game

A football recruiting report on defensive tackle Jamichael Payne is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--A pair of Stanhope-Elmore High offensive linemen were talking on the sidelines about how tough that big number 98 was playing for Auburn High in last Thursday night's spring jamboree at Duck Samford Stadium.

It is likely they weren't the first opposing players to make that type of comment. That jersey belongs to rising Auburn High senior Jamichael Payne, the leading tackler for his 2009 team that finished the regular season undefeated.

"I thought I played pretty well in the jamboree," Payne tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Overall I thought I had a good spring."

Jamichael Payne is shown at Duck Samford Stadium in the spring jamboree game.

Even double-team blocks weren't able to keep Payne from being the most impressive performer on the Auburn High defense in a jamboree that was watched by a large number of college coaches, including a duo from Auburn (Ted Roof and Curtis Luper.

Over the summer the six-foot-one defensive tackle says he plans to work out on improving his quickness, getting better with his hands and trying to drop some weight. "I am at 330 now and I would like to get to 315 for the season," he says.

"I plan on going to camps at Southern Mississippi, Auburn, Colorado State and probably Memphis," he says, noting that he got word that Memphis is expected to be the next college to offer him a scholarship. "They had a coach watching the jamboree," he notes.

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