Less than a week after receiving his first power-five offer from Michigan, Raymore-Peculiar high school (Missouri) defensive end Anthony Payne will be at Nebraska this weekend for the Huskers’ Friday Night Lights Camp.
Payne already had a long list of 1-AA suitors for his services and the Wolverines could be a catalyst for more teams to jump in his recruitment. Recently Black and Gold Illustrated, part of the Scout.com network, ranked Payne the No. 8 player in the state of Missouri for the 2017 class.
“Coach Parrella and I are both very excited about camp tomorrow and can't wait to meet each other in person to talk,” said Payne. “We text and direct message back and forth daily.
“I definitely feel like I have a chance at an offer. If not, I probably wouldn't want to come to the camp. I can see myself at Nebraska.”
If Payne does head to Lincoln, the Huskers will likely have a big advocate on their side. Describing him as family, Payne has a solid friendship with current Nebraska wide receiver commit Jaevon McQuitty.
“I’m sure he would be in my ear everyday,” said Payne. “He knows I’m stubborn and I’ll do what I think is best, but I think Nebraska would be a really good fit for me. He thinks that as well.”
Payne had a solid showing at the Opening regional in Dallas (Tex.) according to Scout Recruiting’s Brian Dohn. Payne ran a 4.73 electronic 40, a 4.25 shuttle, and recorded a 34.4 vertical.
“He left as a finalist among the defensive line unit, and he did it by showing he can play balanced, is flexible and can get around the edge, and it could create a flurry of interest as the spring evaluation period nears,” said Dohn back in March.”
Big Red Report will catch up with the 2017 prospect after the Huskers’ camp.