Nansemond River D-lineman Payton Payne (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Payton Payne is on the board
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
It didn’t take long for Payton Payne (2022 DE 5-11 251) to earn his first offer.
Let me back up for a second. It has taken years of hard work for Payne to get here. His hard work paid off on Thursday as he earned a scholarship offer from Frostburg State.
Payne had an MVP performance at the August 30 Clash of the Titans Showcase. He followed that up with a strong performance at a Frostburg prospect camp over Labor Day weekend.
Nansemond River head football coach Justin Conyers shared the news of the offer with recruit757.
“Payton is a soon to be four-year starter at Nansemond River. He’s a great player with tons of ability but just lacks a few inches (of height). We took Payton along with a few other seniors to Frostburg Camp last weekend in Northern Virginia. I believe this will be the first (offer) of many for Payton. He’s a kid that performs at a high level on both sides of the ball,” Conyers explained.
The coach expanded on his statment: “He continues to work and over come every obstacle that comes his way. Payton is one of 22 seniors this year. We’re looking for him to help lead us back to the regional championship and beyond.”
Payton has an older brother who went to Lackawanna College to make a name for himself. This off-season he signed with Nebraska and will have two seasons to play with the Cornhuskers.
The younger Payne will most certainly make a name for himself in his own way. His tenacity as a pass rusher and run stopper make him a valuable asset for Nansemond River, and that will translate well to the next level.
– Andy Hilton