"Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson and Vanderbilt," the ESPN Watch List cornerback from Washington (D.C.) Friendship said when asked what schools he was considering.
The 5-foot-9, 169-pound prospect said he will commit quietly before noon on April 3. There will be no press conference.
Payne would be a big pickup for any school. Not only is Payne considered one of the top cornerbacks in the East region, he also could help build a pipeline into talent-rich Friendship. The school has turned into one of the top producers of prospects in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore, Md. area.