Cory Payne

WR/CB Cory Payne will always hold BYU among his top college choices.

The Cougar coaching staff of BYU was the first to offer Cathedral High School athlete Cory Payne a full ride scholarship. The 5-10, 170-pound two-way prospect from the class of 2018 gives a quick update on the recruiting situation between him and BYU.

The primarily BYU coach responsible for recruiting Payne is Coach Gilford who is also from the L.A area and will soon be paying a visit to his old stomping grounds. 

“I talk to coach Gilford from time to time,” said Payne. “That's currently the only coach I talk to on the staff. The conversations that we have aren't too deep. He is coming to my school sometime during the spring and is going to talk to me about [my] future at BYU.”

The two have a good relationship and keep in contact from time to time. A member of the 2018 class, Payne feels Coach Gilford could be down to see him within the next couple of weeks or so. 

“Things are going good we talk from time to time, it's still early in the process and he will be down to see me in the next couple weeks,” he said. “We have a solid relationship.” 

A two-way prospect who plays both wide receiver and cornerback, Payne only has one offer at this current time and that’s from the Cougars of BYU. However, other college programs are beginning to show interest. 

“Currently BYU is the only offer that I have, but I've been talking to coaches from Washington State, Boise State, Utah, and Oregon State,” Payne said. “They all plan to come see me during spring ball.”

Although he currently has BYU as his only college option, Payne will forever be grateful for his first offer even if other college options presents itself. No matter how many offers he receives down the line he does plans on taking an official visit to BYU when that time comes in the recruiting period. 

“Ever since I've been playing high school football I’ve always said my first offer will be in my top five, so BYU will definitely be one of my official visits when the time comes,” Payne said. “As far as an unofficial visit, I might plan something in the summer whenever I'm free and have enough time to do so.”

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