Bringing the Payne to Provo?

A Salt Lake area cornerback is getting a lot of attention early on in the recruiting process. Most of this attention is local, but after a good showing at the L.A. NIKE combine last weekend, more attention is sure to come.

Danny Payne is a 5-10, 170 cornerback prospect from Cottonwood high school in Murray, Utah. Payne is currently receiving interest primarily from BYU, Utah, Oregon and Vanderbilt. He's been contacted directly by Coach Anae from BYU, coach Anderson from Utah and from a Vanderbilt assistant over the phone.

"I went down to BYU for junior day and loved it," said Payne. "I went down there with my teammates Stanley Havili and Alex Cate. I really like BYU. Coach Anae is great and I loved hearing Coach Mendenhall talk. They're going in the right direction there."

Like most current BYU recruits, Payne is being told that they'll decide whether to offer him a scholarship after seeing him at their camp this summer and Payne is excited about that. "I'm excited to get down there and show them what I have," said Payne, "I've always been a fan of BYU growing up and I have a sister down there as well attending school."

Payne recently completed his first camp of the summer at the NIKE Los Angeles combine where he ran a 4.50 forty and recorded a 3.94 time in the shuttle. Said Payne, "My coach timed me before the camp and had me at 4.4, but I didn't really think it was right, but after running what I did at the NIKE camp I'm sure that I can run a 4.4 most times that I run it."

Payne is LDS and has mission plans. "I turn 19 right after I graduate and will leave immediately out of high school," said Payne.

In the meantime Payne is looking to work hard this summer attending camps and preparing for his final senior season in which he looks to win a state championship. "We should have a real good team this year and we're definitely looking to win it all," said Payne.

Payne is still setting his summer camp schedule. "I'm definitely going down for BYU's camp," Payne said. "'I'm also looking to attend Vanderbilt's camp. Not sure if I'll go to Utah's camp at this point."

Payne also put some of his cards on the table early in his TBS interview. "If BYU were to offer me, then I'd say it's very likely I'd accept the second they offered me," he admitted. "I love BYU and playing football there is something I really want to do. It's a great program that is going in the right direction."

Payne is also intrigued with the possibility of playing with some of his high school teammates at BYU including running back Stanley Havili. "I'm very good friends with Stanley, so playing with him at BYU would just be awesome," Payne said. "They're also recruiting Zak Eldridge who I'm really good friends with as well. Playing with those guys at BYU would be great."


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