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Penn State Football: D'Andre Payne has Offer and Connection to Nittany Lions Cornerback Stephon Morris

by on June 05, 2012 6:00 AM

D’Andre Payne has more ties to Penn State than just a scholarship offer.

The Class of 2014 cornerback from the Washington D.C. area trains locally with Penn State senior cornerback Stephon Morris when he’s in town.

He’s a liaison to the football program that will need to stock up on defensive back prospects in immediate recruiting classes to even out its roster depth at those positions.

Penn State's coaching staff got a favorable first up-close look at Payne during Saturday's advanced skills camp on the outdoor practice fields adjacent to Holuba Hall.

He could end up being one of the top Class of 2014 defensive backs in the region, said Morris’s father, Roman, who trains him at a defensive back camp along with ex-Eagles corner Troy Vincent.

“It’s pretty good,” Payne said of having Stephon Morris as a sounding board when considering the Nittany Lions. “We talk about his experience up here, schemes we’re gonna run, how the coaches are, the atmosphere.”

Payne, 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, has more than 25 offers, among them Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Virginia Tech, according to Rivals.com.

He said he has not yet started to trim his list of schools he’s considering. Anticipating a December graduation, Payne, who also plays wide receiver and returns kicks and punts, said he likely will not make a final decision until his senior season.

“It’s a pretty big deal, but I don’t really let it get to my head,” Payne said of his rising stock. “A lot of kids, they don’t even have offers, but I’m just working as hard as them.

“I’m trying to get new offers. I’m still working hard. I’m staying humble, just keeping my head in the books and keep playing.”

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