NOTE: This series sort of tailed off when I got into the teens of the 2020 recruiting cycle, because not many of those kids are relevant to Michigan’s recruiting. But with the 2021 cycle in full swing, I’ll start at the top of the in-state rankings.
Name: Damon Payne
Weight: 297 lbs.
High school: Belleville (MI) Belleville
Position: Defensive tackle
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt
Notes: 247 Composite 4-star, #5 DT, #31 overall, #1 in-state as of 1/18/20…Claims 5.47 forty…4.59 shuttle…28.9″ vertical
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Strengths: Payne starts with a good stance that gets him in position to get off the ball…He has good short-area quickness…Shows a good punch…Uses a nice push-pull to disengage…Keeps shoulders square to line when necessary…Quicker than his 40 time indicates
Weaknesses: Needs to add weight to play interior defensive line…Needs to continue to add pass rush moves to arsenal
Overall: Payne is an excellent prospect. He has a good combination of athleticism, size, technique, and football awareness. He’s not a can’t-miss prospect, because I don’t know that he’s been challenged much with the competition presented to him. But if you can get a guy his size who can move, you take your shot. I see him as an interior defensive lineman, but he has the feet and football awareness to also play guard or tackle on offense.
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