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Friendship Collegiate (Washington D.C.) four-star cornerback, D'Andre Payne has narrowed down his list of offers down to 10 and discussed what he is looking for in his future program…



Friendship Collegiate (Washington D.C.) four-star cornerback, D'Andre Payne, has cut his list down to: Stanford, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida State and Maryland. Now the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback is taking a closer look at each program.

One thing that will be a factor for Payne is playing time. He is hearing positive things from Maryland's coaching staff, especially Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley.

"They said I can come in and play right away," said Payne. "They need defensive backs and they said I could come in and be the boundary corner."

Playing for a coaching staff that believes in his ability is a major factor for Payne.

"It is really something I am looking for because I want to come in and play as soon as possible," said Payne. "I like coaching staffs that play the best players."

Despite having five ACC schools in his top 10, Payne says he is a big fan of Maryland's move to the Big Ten.

"Them [Maryland] moving to the Big Ten definitely matters," said Payne. "The Big Ten is one of the best conferences in college football right now, so that is definitely a plus. You know your going to get to play against some big time competition, so it is definitely a good thing."

While Payne is taking a closer look at each school he is not in a rush to make a decision, "I want to make my decision when it feels right," said Payne. " I definitely want to get out to each school, I don't want to rush it."

Payne has already visited Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and Maryland, but is planning to make some more visits this spring. Those visits include: Clemson, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Ohio State.

Payne added, "Maryland is really easy to get to, so [he will] definitely get back out there this spring," as well.

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