Payne Considering All Options

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 possibility."


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 player.


Lynell talked about the extremely large Bearcat crowd on Saturday night and how winning brings the fans.  "I was impressed with the crowd.  You know Cincinnati 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 good situation."


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 year.


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 weeks.

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