Running To Paye Dirt

New Mexico Military Institute lost some talent following the 2012 football season, but one player who returns and has the potential to be one of the top JUCO prospects in the country is RB Devon Paye (6-0, 195). JCFootball.com caught up with the talented runner recenty and he updated us on the offseason and what makes him so good at what he does...

As a freshman in 2012, Paye managed to lead the Broncos in rushing, totaling 595 yards and nine scores while splitting carries with several other players.

"When we got our reps, we had to take advantage of it and that's the mindset I went into things with," Paye told JCFootball.com. "I can run inside or outside, depending on the call and what the defense is trying to do. If the defense is playing me inside, stacking the middle, then I have the speed (4.35) to get outside and run away from people, but if they are playing me wide, then I can run inside and make yards that way."

Because of his size-speed combination as well as his productivity and natural running skills, Paye is already garnering attention from several four year schools.

"The one school I've talked to is Kansas, but my coaches told me that Arkansas is also calling about me too," Paye said. "I'm not really focused on it too much since we have so many responsibilities here (at NMMI) and I am working out and getting ready for spring practices, so I'm just doing my thing and I will worry about all that other stuff a little later.

"I want to get stronger in my lower body and I also am working a lot on my agility and my quickness just so I can be ready for whatever carries I get this year."

Paye graduated from Hammond (Columbia, Md.) High School and was unable to qualify for a football scholarship, so he decided to head west to get a fresh start and to get out on his own.

"They had a great program here and I knew it would help me get the discipline I needed," Paye admitted. "You have a lot of responsibilities here and I wanted to get away, get out on my own and get away from any distractions so I could get my grades right and still play ball."

Paye is on pace to graduate in May of 2014 and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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