"I don't have any offers yet but I talked to Iowa State a little bit in the spring and Northern Arizona has been in contact as well," Payne told JCFootball.com.
The sophomore is having a big season for the Aztecs, totaling 96 tackles and 10.5 tackles-for-loss as well as four sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup from his inside linebacker spot.
Last week Payne earned WSFL Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting 16 tackles and a tackle-for-loss in Pima's 45-14 win over Scottsdale.
"I do a good job of diagnosing plays and I get to the football pretty well," Payne noted. "I also get around linemen with ease and I disengage from blockers pretty well too."
This offseason, Payne put his head down and got to work, honing his skills to become the best linebacker he could be.
"I worked a lot on my footwork doing ladder drills mainly," Payne said. "I wanted to get my feet better and I also lifted daily to get stronger."
Payne is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in the spring and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.