Artis-Payne enjoyed a solid prep career at Harrisburg (Pa.) High School where he gained the attention of Rutgers, but since he was unable, academically, to qualify for a football scholarship, he decided to head to Milford Academy to try and get things in order.
"I did the best I could, but I wasn't going to be able to get it all sorted out," Artis-Payne admitted to JCFootball.com. "One of my high school coaches knew one of the coaches out here (at Allan Hancock) and he said it would be a great place for me to go and get my academics in order and to just focus on that and football."
Bulldog opponents would probably enjoy Artis-Payne losing some of his focus as he pounded defenses to the tune of 1,364 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.
"I can run inside or outside, but I'm probably better at running in-between the tackles," Artis-Payne said. "I have good speed, I run a 4.5 flat, but I'd like to get it back down below that, probably a 4.4 which I was at before, and that will help me break away and get bigger runs."
On the recruiting front, Artis-Payne has yet to hear specifically from schools, but he said he's letting his coach handle that right now and he focuses on his academics and working out, getting ready for his sophomore season.
Hancock's Artis-Payne is a bruising runner
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