Name: Payne Durham
Position/Size: Tight End, 6’6”, 250 Pounds
Ranking: Unranked by Rivals, 3* 247 Sports
Other Offers: Duke, Missouri
Impact: Payne’s recruitment got going late. His team did not win a bunch of games, but he is legit.
He is the perfect tight end recruit for this class. He does it all. He played in the slot, played on the line in a traditional tight end spot, and played in the backfield.
Most importantly, there is never a lack of effort for him.
While he will be behind Herdman, Hopkins and Pittman next season, it won’t be long for him to climb the chart after Herdman leaves. I think Pittman will always be our blocking specialist, he was used in that role as a freshman this year.
Payne will do whatever is asked of him and do it 100%. He just gave us his verbal this past weekend, as a part of the large official visiting day with the rest of the 2018 class.
I welcome Payne with open arms. He is going to be a very good football player for us.