February 11, 2011

Southfield DB looking for In-State offers

One of the early top prospects in Michigan for the class of 2011 is defensive back Leviticus Payne of Southfield High school. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect already has 2 scholarship offers on the table and is looking to garner more this spring when he hits camps and combines. SpartanMag.com has some details on his recruitment.

Payne had a strong junior campaign for Southfield High School. In addition to his duties as a lockdown cornerback, he also was a multi-purpose offensive and special teams player. He actually accounted for over 1200-yards and scored 15 touchdowns.

Spartanmag.com asked Payne about the schools that have offered and is hearing from:

"I have verbal offers from Iowa and Toledo," Payne stated. "Indiana, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Michigan State and Michigan all came by my school in January; I plan on making up to Michigan State later this month."

The Spartans will be holding a Junior Day event the weekend of February 27th. Mark Dantonio and his staff will have many of the top recruits they are evaluating for the class of 2012 on campus. It is very likely that Payne will be one of the prospects in attendance.

With two early offers, we asked Payne of he has a list of early favorites.

"In no specific order I like Alabama, Oregon, Iowa, Florida, Michigan State, Michigan and Georgia," he said. "I like all of those teams. I grew up following all of them."

Payne attended the Adidas Maximum Exposure Camp held back in December and was one of the top performers. At that event he repped as both a defensive back and wide receiver, he showed Division 1 potential at both positions.

We asked Payne about his strengths as a player and any honors he received this past fall.

"My strengths are that I can be a physical corner and my coverage skills," "Payne stated I have excellent ball skills and after I make the catch I have speed and quickness to make plays. Last fall I was named 1st team All-League and 2nd Team All-Metro."

Payne indicated that at this point he is in no hurry to make a decision. Not only does he want to see what other teams decide to extend him scholarship offers, but he want to take some time to get to know the coaching staffs at several schools better. Getting to know Coach Dantonio and Coach Hoke is something he is looking forward to.

Michigan State will likely want to have Payne attend a session of camp in June or July. Coach Dantonio's background as a secondary coach means he is very specific when it comes to recruiting the cornerback position. Both cornerback prospect signed last year (Arjen Colquhoun and Trae Waynes) earned their scholarships after strong showing at camp.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Paynes' recruitment in the coming weeks. We will be attending several events this spring such as the Michigan Showcase, NIKE and Badger Sports Camp/Combine, Payne is a player we will be watching closely.

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