The 6-foot, 187-pound athlete has offers from Vanderbilt, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa State. He says that Oklahoma State, Ohio State, and TCU are also recruiting him hard and that at this point he has no current leader. "I'm pretty much open and like all the schools that have offered me," said Payne. "The only problem with Vanderbilt is that they don't accept early graduates and I will be graduating early so I'm not sure about them right now."
Payne has mostly played wide receiver and cornerback in high school but isn't quite sure where he would play for Iowa State. "When Coach Rhoads called and offered me a scholarship we didn't really talk about a specific position," he said. "Most schools are recruiting me as a safety or cornerback."
Damian wasn't able to talk with Coach Rhoads for too long but feels that he clicked with the Iowa State head coach right away. "I only talked with him for about ten minutes because I had track practice and so he was asking me about how I was doing on the track team," said Payne. "He did tell me that in regards to football that he likes the speed that I have and that I'm a physical player. He just seemed like a cool dude that I can relate to and one aspect that I really like about Iowa State is that he has a young coaching staff."
Damian told Cyclone Sports Report that Iowa State will very likely get one of his official visits and that he will not be making a decision until all of them are done. "I'll be taking all my visits in the fall and then I will quickly make a decision because I'll be graduating early," he said. "The number one thing for me is education. Right now I have a 3.5 grade point average but I'm trying to get it even higher."