Tigers Add Another Commitment

The Tigers added another verbal commitment Saturday when this top junior gave his pledge to the Clemson coaching staff.

S Chris Payne Profile

Chalk another big-time commitment to Clemson for the class of 2009.

Continuing a trend extended over from last year's class, the Tigers appear to be getting the elite players in the state of South Carolina once again.

After picking up the verbal commitments of super sophomore wide receiver Martavis Bryant and Columbia safety Damario Jeffrey, Jeffrey's teammate, Chris Payne, also gave his pledge to the Clemson staff Saturday.

"I felt good about it," Payne told CUTigers.com after making his decision. "I really liked the facilities. I felt I could play early so I went ahead and committed to Clemson.

"They always preach academics at Clemson. The coaches are real cool. I really liked coach Rumph too. It was all of those things, really."

Payne said he's firm in his commitment.

"I feel good now. Me and Damario can concentrate on football now," he said.

Payne, who had reportedly favored South Carolina before Saturday, left no doubt about his top school after his visit to Clemson.

"They just beat South Carolina on their facilities. I really liked everything," he added. "And I'm firm."

Last season Payne recorded 139 tackles and nine sacks on defense. Offensively he had 66 rushes for 507 yards and six touchdowns.

Clemson now has five public verbal commitments in the class of 2009 and one for 2010.

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