Citrus Hill HS RB Davien Payne (Perris, CA) is arguably the top RB prospect in Southern California for the 2012 class and has a dozen offers at this time. One school continues to stand above the rest for the highly-sought after RB and that school just happens to be Boise State.
"Boise State is still my leader," he said. "They're going to be tough to beat," he added.
"I was up there in April for the Junior Day. It was great," said Payne. "I got to meet everyone, talk to the other RBs, and it just felt like my kind of environment. I could see myself out there."
"I got to spend some time with (current Bronco) Doug Martin while I was up there," he said. "He said he knew Boise State was the best fit for me and could see me out there on the blue turf."
"They (coaching staff) said they've never had a RB like me," he stated. "A RB that can hit people, has speed, and can run around them as well. A lot of schools have told me that, but it stuck with me when they (Boise State) said it."
Recruiting has become more "flashy" than ever in this day-and-age. Alternate uniforms, new helmets, etc. have all become major recruiting tools. So, what does Payne remember most from his first trip to Boise?
"The jerseys. They had about six different combinations," he said. "We also saw a new helmet, a white one. That thing was awesome."
Being from Southern California, one might find it odd that Payne grew up a Boise State fan. The talented RB says it's all about the underdog mentality within the program and the fact that he views himself as an underdog as well.
"They've always been underdogs and never give up," he said. "People like to say that they don't play anyone, but who cares? They win and play hard. That's all that matters. They go out there every week and take care of business. As for myself, I started playing football in 8th grade was told I would never be good enough, make varsity, earn a scholarship, or anything like that. Well, now look at my offers and those that said that to me don't have any. I'm obviously doing something right."
Boise State will hold its annual camp next week and a lot of talented prospects are expected to attend. Payne says he's eager to get back up to Boise and show the coaching staff what he can do. This visit could also take on a greater importance as a possible verbal commitment could follow shortly after.
"I'm going to use this second visit as a double-check," said Payne. "I want to go up there one more time, tour the campus, see how the people are, and just use this as a double-check. I want to make sure this is a good fit for me and for the coaching staff to see if I'm a good fit for them as well."
"I'm ready to get up there and knock some heads," he said. "I want to show them what I'm all about," he added.
In the meantime, Payne (6'0, 212) is exercising every day and working hard to stay in-shape.
"I do it all," he said. "I eat well, exercise in the weight room, and play basketball. It all helps me stay in-shape."
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