He may not be playing on the same side of the ball, but Damian Payne fell in love with the way one certain Missouri player plays the game a couple of years ago.
"I fell in love with the way Jeremy Maclin plays the game when he was a freshman," Payne admitted, citing the players ability to get onto the field and make an impact as a young player. Everyone knew he was going to be a Super Star early."
The cornerback from Klein, Texas hasn't gotten to do much this early in the recruiting process, but plans on attending a few junior days, starting at Rice University, and working out in order to get ready for his football season in the fall.
Although he hasn't gotten any offers just yet, Payne still has formed a small list of suitors who he is interested in.
"Oklahoma State, Missouri, Cal, all those schools," Payne said, although there is not yet a clear-cut leader. But he did admit, "I can see myself playing for Missouri. I have an uncle that lived in Missouri, so that helps."
Speaking of family, Damian has a brother Kendrick who is a defensive end for the California Golden Bears. The older Payne has been trying to get into his brother's ear about playing for the same school as his little brother, but the younger Payne cancelled out any ideas that he is leaning one way or another.
"No leaders yet," Payne said confidently. "I just want to get to a school where I can make an impact early. I'm graduating in December, and I'd like to get into spring ball, start playing, and hopefully see the field as a freshman."
Does that mean that the depth chart situation is a concern?
"No, I wouldn't say that," Payne said when questioned. "It doesn't really matter who they have, because I feel like my play will take care of itself."