WR Franklin Payne (6'0, 178, 4.5) is still dominating the competition this year in his home state of Tennessee. His team (University School) is off to an 9-1 start and Payne has registered 20 touchdowns. On the year, he has 850 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, 600 yards on the ground, and seven more scores, and three punt returns for touchdowns.
Payne has a whole list of offers right now, but it appears that the three schools that will battle it out for his services will be Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Clemson. Payne has scheduled visits to Illinois on December 7, Clemson on January 11, and Georgia Tech on January 18. He also is planning on visiting Auburn.
Payne is a speedster who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Last season, he had 56 receptions for 1,216 yards and 15 touchdowns, 164 carries for 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, and also scored three touchdowns on punt returns. He can pretty much do it all on the football field, and he also should have no problems qualifying.
Based on reports that I've received on Payne, he appears to be a bigger and faster version of Mario Raley, and I don't have to tell you that Raley is good player. Franklin is a little over 6'0 and will probably be able to add some weight to his 176 lb frame. His current vertical leap is 35 inches, so he has the ability to go up and fight for the football in those crucial one on one situations.
Overall, I would say he would be our 4th receiver on the board, right behind Kelvin Grant, Troy Williamson, an Dishon Platt.
Payne is a three sport star, playing football, baseball and basketball. Some recruiting services have him ranked as high as the #85 overall prospect in the country. (StudentSports.com)
We will continue to keep you updated on Franklin Payne, as we receive more information.
WR Franklin Payne is The Man
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