The big tackle camped at Baylor a couple of weeks ago and he thinks that an offer from the Bears could be coming his way soon.
"They told me they would be getting back to me because they wanted to wait until they see me during my season to offer," said Payne, who was a first team all-district selection as a junior. "They liked me at the camp from what I did going at tackle and a little and at end."
With six offers under his belt it would seem like at least one of those schools would be at the top of his list but when asked if he was focusing on any school or schools, Payne named two and what he liked about each.
"That would be Arkansas and Houston," he said.
Arkansas—"They play in the SEC and I want to play some big-time football. Since they came up to school during the spring I've been keeping in touch with them and they've been keeping in touch with me. I've never been there but I know about as much about them as you can from looking at the internet."
Houston—"I went to their camp last week and I'm supposed to be getting an offer from them. I like that they're close to home and getting better every year. I really liked the campus when they showed me everything and I really liked the locker rooms. They're supposed to be making a bunch of more improvements too."
Payne and his Klein Forest squad will hit the practice field in two weeks for a long and hot fall camp and then it will be time to accomplish the goals that were set back in the spring.
"I'm trying to get me at least 11-12 sacks and as a team we're looking to get to the state championship," said Payne. "We've got a lot of talent on the team and if we can all play together then we should make a run at state."