Payne: Its real good. Im solid right now. Im excited about going to Texas.
Inside Texas: What made you decide on Texas?
Payne: The atmosphere. The family vibe. When I went down there, it just felt like home. The players were fun. Everybody was just cool. Them winning the Rose Bowl was big too, because I think theyve got a lot of potential. Theyre a championship team.
Inside Texas: Any chance you wont sign with Texas in February?
Inside Texas: Are other schools still recruiting you?
Payne: Yes. OU, A&M, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech are still calling.
Inside Texas: Of those schools, which is recruiting you the hardest?
Payne: Oklahoma State.
Inside Texas: What are the Oklahoma State coaches telling you?
Payne: That they want me to start my freshman year. Basically, they say I could play early.
Inside Texas: In addition to Texas, will you be taking any other official visits this fall?
Payne: Im thinking about taking more visits.
Inside Texas: Why?
Payne: (Laughing) Because its free.
Inside Texas: What schools might you officially visit?
Payne: Probably Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.
Inside Texas: How do you think the Texas coaching staff would feel about you taking official visits to other schools?
Payne: They probably dont want me to do it, but I want to have some fun (laughing).
Inside Texas: What are your expectations as a true freshman at Texas?
Payne: To go in and compete for my spot. Whether I redshirt or not is up to me.
Inside Texas: What is your height and weight?
Payne: 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds.
Inside Texas: What were your statistics last season?
Payne: I had 21 catches for like 600 yards and rushing yards I had about 355 yards. I had three receiving touchdowns and had nine touchdowns rushing.
Inside Texas: What are your strengths as a football player?
Payne: My physicalness. Im very physical. Im more physical than most wide receivers are. Playing running back in high school gives me the edge, because not many receivers are willing to run over a linebacker or a safety.
Inside Texas: In what areas do you need improvement?
Payne: I say routes. I need to make my routes crisper. I want to be more smooth.
Inside Texas: Who are you comparable to as a football player?
Payne: Mike Williams, because Im big.
Inside Texas: What are your plans for this summer?
Payne: Im going to the UT camp on June 5th and participating in 7-on-7.
Inside Texas: What is your qualifying status?
Payne: Im sitting with a 2.5 GPA right now. I havent got my SAT score yet. I took it May 6 and should be getting the results soon. I felt like I did pretty well on it.
Inside Texas: Do you anticipate having any problems with qualifying?
Payne: No, Ill be fine.
Inside Texas: What members of the Texas coaching staff do you talk with?
Payne: Coach Kennedy.
Inside Texas: How often do you talk?
Payne: About once a week.
Inside Texas: What do the two of you talk about?
Payne: Getting more people to go to Texas, people that were looking at right now and how Im doing.
Inside Texas: What other recruits would you like to see come to Texas?
Inside Texas: Of those recruits, who do you talk to the most?
Payne: Sherrod. We talk every time were at something like this (Scout.coms combine). We just talk about him coming to Texas.
Inside Texas: Do you eventually think that will happen?
Payne: Oh yeah, hes coming.
Inside Texas: What are your thoughts on Coach Brown?
Payne: Our relationship is good. Hes just a real nice person.