Having a Beat-ty on Payne

While working at the University of Illinois, co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty made it a point to develop a relationship with Washington DC. Woodson junior cornerback D'Andre Payne. Now that Beatty is at Wisconsin, that relationship has continued.

MADISON - With former Illinois co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty getting the final opening on Gary Andersen's first Wisconsin coaching staff role, the Badgers' new wide receiver coach didn't waste any time in offering one of his prime targets at Illinois in Washington DC. Woodson junior cornerback D'Andre Payne.

"I got in touch with Coach Beatty and he was telling me that he had left Illinois and he is now with Wisconsin," Payne told Badger Nation. "That is when he told me after that Wisconsin was offering me. I'm really happy about that offer and Coach Beatty is there, so he is a good recruiter and we have a pretty good relationship. He's a good guy on and off the field.

"Wisconsin is a program that has been one of the best teams in the country over the past and hopefully I can visit Wisconsin."

The 5-10, 180-pound Payne sits as the No. 24 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and a three-star recruit. Along with Wisconsin, Payne picked up offers this past week from Tennessee, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. The versatile standout has seen his recruitment increase with his past season accomplishments.

"We lost in the playoffs, but I did well overall," Payne said. "I had nine carries for 123 yards and one touchdown rushing. Receiving I had 26 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns. Punt return, I had nine returns for 358 yards for four touchdowns along with seven kickoff returns for 166 yards.

"Defensively, I finished with 52 solo tackles, 17 assisted, 17 pass break ups, one force fumble and three fumble recoveries. I also had four interceptions for 178 yards and one touchdown. Overall, I had 1,323 all purpose yards, so I would say that I did pretty good."

Reflecting back on his monster junior season, Payne talks about the confident he brings to the field and what makes him such a pain in the side for opposing coaches.

"I'm a polished lock-down corner that can play off (the line of scrimmage), also I can get in your face," he said. "I watch Joe Haden from the Cleveland Browns and Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets, so I try to play my game after them - having that swag that nobody is going to catch the ball on me."

Payne also stated that he currently has no leaders and is planning to take a visit to Tennessee on March 9.

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