Payne gets the call

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. We caught up defensive back Damian Payne from Klein Forest High School in Houston, TX. Check out what he has going on.

At Klein Forest High School today, classes went on as they normally would. But one of the Golden Eagles' star football players was not present. Not that he was out playing hooky, but defensive back Damian Payne completed all of his finals work and was actually done with school early.

But something happened today that made him immediately come to campus.

"I was at home from school today because I finished all of my tests early, but my (high school) coach told me to come in," Payne said. " He said that there was a coach on the phone who wanted to talk with me. I thought it was just another coach, but it was coach Booby Jack Wright from Oklahoma. He said that they wanted to offer me a scholarship. That was pretty cool."

With the Sooner offer, that brings the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Payne to 15 offers. Northwestern, Arizona, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are a few that he could think of off the top of his head. 

And while he is more than excited about the offer from Oklahoma, one thing still remains the same. One, he said that there will be no early commitment and two, he would not disclose what programs he will visit officially.

But he did make one thing clear.

"I actually already had my five official visits set (as far as where he was going), but I have to drop one of them because I will take an official visit to Oklahoma," Payne said. "That's what I told my coach that I want to check out Oklahoma and what it's about."

There is no substitute for seeing a college campus, but according to Payne, Wright did paint a pretty good picture.

"He and I talked for about 20 minutes. He was telling how they have won a lot of championships," Payne said. "Coach Wright told me a lot about the school and how much success the program has had, and how many Big 12 championships they have won since Bob Stoops got there. I didn't realize that they had won so many."

Payne explained that Wright is recruiting him as a cornerback. Last season, Payne had 50 tackles, eight interceptions, and averaged 20.4 yards a punt return. 

Next season, Payne and the Klein Forest team have three Thursday games and a bye week that he plans to use to his advantage. He will be an early graduate so the plan to make his decision by the time his team plays its first playoff game.


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