"I'm not going to limit myself to one or two schools, but that surely counts for something," the Southfield (Mich) High cornerback said. "It's a great program and I like them a lot. I've paid a lot of attention to them and know they're real good at producing DBs.
"I've talked to their defensive backs coach Phil Parker a lot. We've talked about coming out for a visit or a camp. I'll probably do at least one of those."
Payne, a three-star prospect and rated the 35th best CB nationally by Scout, also holds an offer from Toledo. Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State are involved in his recruitment, too, he reports. The Spartans want to see him at their camp.
"I'm just trying to be patient," the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Payne said. "A lot of the schools are telling me to get my grades up. I have a 2.5 (GPA) right now and they want to see me get that higher.
"I'm going to take some summer school to work on that."
The summer classes could limit Payne's travel for camps and unofficial visits. He's asking coaches to come to his workouts at the Sound Mind, Sound Body event on June 15.
"If they can come out and see me there, then I don't think I'll need to visit them," Payne said. "If they can't make it out, then I'll go take a look at their schools. I also can't spend too lot of money on these trips.
"I'm really hoping they can come and see me."
Payne said that he will camp at Cincinnati with his high school team.
"I feel like I'm a player that can do just about everything on the field," he said. "I make big plays."
Payne ran a 4.5, 40-yard dash at the Ohio Nike Camp.
"Depending on how the summer goes, I might be making my (college) decision before our season starts," Payne said. "I'll see what kind of offers I get and what I get to see this summer."