Keion Payne Excited About FSU Offer

One of the latest offers to go out from Florida State went to St. Thomas Aquinas standout cornerback Keion Payne. NoleDigest caught up with Payne to get the latest on his recruitment and to see what the offer means in terms of his favorite teams.

After his junior season Keion Payne was looking to get more exposure as a recruit, as well as looking for a chance to go up against some tougher competition. Payne made the move from Dillard to St. Thomas Aquinas earlier this year, and it looks like both of those goals have paid off for Payne. After a busy spring the 3-star cornerback says he got better as a player and that his recruitment has picked up substantially.

"Right now we're doing summer workouts, and our team is really fired up right now," said the standout corner. "I'm happy that I came over here and it has been what I expected. Spring was great for me as I got 18 offers. I don't know if it could have gone better for me. It showed that all of my hard work paid off."

Some of the top programs offered him over the spring, which led to him really getting excited about how his recruitment was starting to unfold. An offer he got recently, though, was one he told NoleDigest he's been waiting for.

"West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Oregon, South Carolina, Purdue, Rutgers, Oklahoma State, USF and a whole bunch of others offered me over the spring," Payne said, "and I was excited about each one because of the time they took to evaluate me and offer."

"I just got offered from Florida State, too," continued Payne. "At first I was a little mad that it came so late, but I realize that they coaches have to evaluate each player and see how they fit into their system. Now, man, I am very happy about getting that offer. I grew up a huge fan of FSU and it's the offer I've been waiting for."

While Keion stopped short of making a commitment he did say he is very eager to make it up to FSU for a visit. If it all goes well, Payne says that he could possibly make up his mind shortly thereafter.

"I'm still going to look at other offers, but I am very excited about the FSU offer," explained Payne. "I don't want to rush into any decision but I just need to get up there to hang out with the coaches, see how they are with the players, and see their defensive scheme. I don't know about a decision but after the visit maybe something will happen."

Coach Coley has been Payne's primary recruiter so far and he is the coach who extended the offer. After seeing him in action over the spring and checking out his new film, Coley officially offered.

"I've been talking to Coach Coley for a while over email and all," said Payne. "He emailed me and told me I needed to call him, so I did. He told me him and Coach Buckley were going crazy over the new film they saw, and that after seeing how good my footwork was, how fluid I was in the hips and my swag, they wanted to offer. It's big for me because of the corners that have come from there. Coach Buckley is one of the best to ever come from there, so I was excited to hear how much he thought of me as a player. They really like my potential and upside."

Keion says that he's still open to every school and that he'll make a decision whenever he feels ready. Until then stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Payne, as well as the rest of the targets from the 2010 recruiting class.

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