Huskies are in the mix for Payne

Citrus Hill (Perris, Ca.) RB Davien Payne is a big back who has plenty of college options before him. One school that has offered is Washington and he will be in Seattle next month to take in the Rising Stars camp...

Payne sat behind current Husky RB Deontae Cooper for two years before exploding onto the scene last year when he posted nearly 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns and schools have taken notice.

"Right now I have nine offers -- UCLA, Washington, Boise State, Colorado, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, Nevada and Nebraska," Payne told "Colorado State is close to offering and there are a few more schools that are recruiting me too."

Washington was one of the first to offer Payne and he is close to Cooper who he is in constant contact with.

"We make fun of each other all the time," Payne said with a chuckle. "He and I talk about a lot of stuff -- what it's like up there, stuff like that -- and it sounds like a great place, but I haven't see it yet or gotten to meet the coaches yet.

"I talk with coach (Joel) Thomas a lot, pretty much every week, and we talk about a lot of things and he told me he's looking forward to me getting up there to come and work out (at the Rising Stars camp) and to see the school, the campus and the city."

With all of the schools that have offered, Payne said he's started to narrow things down and has a top three at this point in time.

"Boise State is my number one school right now," Payne said. "Their program is really going strong right now and I like the coaches.

"Colorado would be my number two at this point. I like the relationship I have with the coaches there and they just joined the Pac 12 so I'd be able to play in front of my family a lot, if not in person then definitely on T.V.

"Washington is third right now, but a lot of that is because I haven't seen the school yet and I want to meet the coaches.

"My top three isn't really set right now though. Everyone has a chance to get up to the top and I'll give everyone a shot to show me what they have to offer."

As far as choosing a school, Payne noted that he has thought about what will be some of the traits he looks for in the program he ends up signing with.

"I want the best combination of football and education," Payne said. "I want to get the best coaching I can and the best education I can. Whoever has that combination is the school I'll probably end up at."

Payne said he plans to take in a day of San Diego State and Boise State's camp in addition to Washington's and that once he returns home he will sit down with his family.

"I want to decide in the summer for sure," Payne said. "Once I make that decision, I want to be done, so I need to make sure I see everything I can."

We'll check in with Payne after his visit to Seattle next month and find out how his trip went.

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