City League RB looks to keep the Bulls on pace

The Pittsburgh City League has turned out some very good players. Most notably, running backs Curtis Martin and Kevan Barlow. Martin is on his way to a Hall Of Fame career as a member of the New York Jets. Barlow has ousted Garrison Hearst and taken over as the starting RB for the San Francisco 49ers. Even after churning out players on par with anyone in the state, the City League is often overlooked when it comes to recruiting.

RB Darnell Payne (5-10, 172, 4.4) of Brashear High School, Pittsburgh, is looking to set the pace in the Pittsburgh City League in 2004. Well, if you're talking about speed, Darnell possesses legitimate 4.4 speed. The talented junior RB tallied 20 TDs and 1268 yards rushing last season after spending his sophomore campaign at WR. The Brashear Bulls expect big things this season mainly due to the fact that Payne and their entire offensive line are returning intact

Darnell has one major goal, leading his team to a Pittsburgh City League championship. To show his versatility and insure a championship run, he will also play safety and return kicks. The fleet footed and elusive RB has attracted the interest of Iowa, Pitt, Akron, and Indiana. At this time, he favors Iowa and Pittsburgh.

Payne is open to the possibility of returning to WR at the next level. He realizes that smaller players seem to have a better shot as a slot receiver than as a RB at the D-1A level. He will showcase his skills this spring at the AK Recruiting skills & showcase camp on May 21st & 22nd and AK finest "50" camp on May 27th. Darnell will attend the MSL/insiders combine on May 29th & 30th at the University of Cincinnati. He will also attend the University of Pittsburgh team passing camp and Penn State University football camp in June.

Look for more profiles of Pittsburgh City League players from our new contributor to the Pitt Insiders staff, Les Kemp.

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