As Bearcat Insider told members earlier this morning, Lynell Payne from Cherokee High School in New Jersey committed to play football for the Bearcats. Bearcat Insider spoke with Lynell about his recent decision.
Like many highly recruited high school players, Lynell Payne of
Cherokee High School in Marlton, New
Jersey was glad his recruitment had reached a conclusion
when BCI spoke with the future Bearcat on Thursday evening. "I just want to finish my senior
year. Now that I've got my decision
out of the way, I want to focus on my high school team and our season." Cherokee High
School is 3-1 with its homecoming game this
Payne took his official visit to Cincinnati on the weekend of September 22 and watched the
football game along with another Bearcat recruit Quincy Quetant. Lynell's commitment combined with
Quetant's earlier verbal gave the Bearcats a perfect 2-0 recruiting record for
At the time, the three star scout.com receiver said he would definitely
visit UConn before making any college choice. Being true to his word, Payne visited
Storrs the next
weekend and Clemson last weekend before deciding to become a Bearcat. He explained the reasons for his
decision. "I took the other visits
to see what the other schools had to offer me. During the visits I was looking at the
pros and cons. Then I went through
my list and made my decision. I
thought Cincinnati was the best place for me with the
academic help, the offense they run and the coaching staff."
The happy phone call to Charley Molnar, Cincinnati's receiver coach, came Wednesday
evening. "I called Coach Molnar and
just broke it down to him. He was
The 6' 3" wideout was aware of the fact that Cincinnati's scholarships
were dwindling fast. "I knew they
didn't have too many left."
With three straight weekends of traveling, Lynell was
unable to see the recent Bearcat games on television, but he's well aware of the
outcomes. "I really like what
they're doing. Coach Kelly is
really bringing them together." He
missed the Bearcat victory over Rutgers because he was at Clemson, but plans to
watch this week's contest with Louisville.
Payne had a number of scholarship offers, but Clemson and Cincinnati were apparently
the finalists. Tommy Bowden and the
Tigers recruited him as a safety while the Bearcats wanted the talented athlete
as a receiver. At Cherokee High School, Lynell plays both ways. He plays receiver and cornerback and
talked about his performances so far.
"I've been doing pretty well.
I've been putting up some numbers, but I have only one score. They don't throw to me too
One of Lynell's hosts while on his official visit to
Chazz Anderson, and the freshman quarterback made a big impression on the newest
Bearcat. In fact, Lynell made sure
to immediately inform his future teammate of his decision. "As soon as I committed, I texted
Chazz. He was the first to know I
Payne estimated a 2.6 GPA and will retake the SAT in November. He's very confident grades won't be a
problem in gaining his NCAA eligibility.
Payne becomes the eighteenth player to verbally commit to
the Bearcats. He can sign his
official letter-of-intent in early February.