Sometimes your best choice is your first options.
The Hawks spotted Payne at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp last season, and jumped in on his recruitment before he even played a down in 2010.
"Iowa is a pretty big verbal offer. I was thinking pretty much good things when they did offer. I have been watching there games and they have played pretty well," said Payne. "It's a school that I'm thinking I will visit in the off-season."
The 5-foot-8, 175 pound speedster racked up 1,250 all purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a receiver, return man and running back this season. Toledo has also verbally offered the junior and he is receiving interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, UCLA, and Michigan schools.
"Indiana and Iowa are the ones sending me the most stuff.," said Payne to HawkeyeInsider.com. "I would say both schools will have a bit of an advantage because of it. They targeted me early. I don't want to say I have any favorites, but they would be my early leaders."
Payne, who is projected by Scout.com to be a cornerback at the next level, could also play offense. Currently a 3-star player in the initial Scout.com 2012 rankings, the junior doesn't have any thoughts on what position he would like to play at this point.
"I haven't really made up my mind up yet. I guess it depends on what schools want me and what schools are offering me as," said the Southfield product. "Some schools just want me to come to the school and they will figure out a position later.
Payne hasn't decided if he would like to leave the state of Michigan to play his college career, but the junior seems open to it. If he does, he wants a school that feels like home and where his team has a family atmosphere.
After putting up big numbers during his junior year, he should start to see his interest spike.
"Surprisingly, nobody else has really come to the table. I'm working on putting my highlight tape together right now. Hopefully after I send it out, I will have some more schools," said Payne. "I could be just a couple months away from some offers. I'm going to continue do the camp circuit this summer."
HawkeyeInsider will continue to monitor one of Iowa's early 2012 targets. The junior plans to send us his 2010 highlights in the coming weeks.