Lynell Payne made an official visit to the University of Cincinnati last weekend. On Monday, Bearcat Insider spoke to the three star wide receiver about the time he spent in the Queen City. **This is the Bearcat Insider "Live" From the Holy Grail Story talked about on the Tuesday night radio show.**
One of the recruits on an official visit to see Cincinnati's campus last weekend was Lynell Payne, a three
star wide receiver from Cherokee
High School in New Jersey.
Bearcat Insider spoke with Lynell on Monday evening, and the New Jersey wideout went
into detail about his recent visit.
"When I got there, I had a little tour. They didn't want to show me everything
in one day. I got there on Friday
about 1 o'clock. Chazz Anderson was
my host the first day, and Marcus Barnett was the host on the second day. Friday night we just walked around
campus, and they showed me the dorms.
Saturday I had breakfast with the coaches, and I saw everything that I
didn't see Friday including the weight room and meeting rooms. I walked with the team from the hotel to
the field on Saturday, and the band was playing and the fans were lined up. After the game, I met up with Bones
(Marcus Barnett) and he showed me his room and around campus."
The 6' 3"/205 pound receiver said he ran a 4.4 forty-yard-dash last
summer. It's not surprising with
those numbers that Payne is getting considerable interest from a variety of
schools. He listed his offers. "I have offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Clemson, Temple, Buffalo, Akron, Iowa and Delaware."
The trip last weekend to Clifton was Lynell's first official visit, but
he said he already has a second one planned. "I plan to take another one to UConn
this weekend, and after that we'll go from there."
Some kids like to choose a college close to home while others can't wait
to leave. Lynell made it clear that
he's in the second category. "I
can't wait to get away. I want to
go away but not too far." He also
made it clear with an emphatic "NO!" when asked if Cincinnati was too far
from home. "No! Cincinnati is right there, definitely a
The New Jersey kid sounded disappointed
but laughed because he didn't experience one of Cincinnati's famous dishes. "I heard chili is huge out here. Everybody kept talking about it. Chili's not that big in New Jersey." Lynell returned home on Sunday before
getting the chance to visit either Skyline or Gold Star.
Even though this was Lynell's first official visit, he has made a number
of unofficial ones. "I've already
been to UConn, and I've also visited Syracuse,
Rutgers and played some basketball at Virginia." Lynell does play basketball in high
school but does not intend to play in college. He said he's a football
Lynell talked about the extremely large Bearcat crowd on Saturday night
and how winning brings the fans. "I
was impressed with the crowd. You
hasn't had anything like that in past years, but I saw they're ranked #24 right
now. The fans came out and
supported them. When you start
winning, everyone wants to come out.
I think Brian Kelly will keep this thing going."
As expected, this tall target likes Cincinnati's offense. "That spread offense is definitely every
receiver's dream. For them to throw
the ball as much as they do and be winning, that puts all the receivers in a
Lynell's cousin. Jamal Green was a defensive end at Miami of Florida
before playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in the
NFL. Lynell said injuries ended his
cousin's pro career prematurely.
When asked about his academics, Payne described himself as average but
has no worries about getting cleared to play by the NCAA's Clearinghouse next
The Bearcats are quickly filling their available scholarships, but Lynell
said he has not set any kind of time frame for making his college choice. "I don't believe in timing things
up. When my heart is right and God
wants me to make the decision, I'll make the decision."
Bearcat Insider will check back with Lynell Payne in a few