He just knows he's glad to have a great grandmother and two cousins living near the University of Tennessee, as he committed to the Vols this morning.
"I think it's pretty good," Payne said of the family relations. "My granddad goes down a lot. I think he's going to move down there after he retires. That's awesome. Sunday dinners and all that."
The 5-foot-9, 169-pound Payne committed to Tennessee over several other scholarship offers. His finalists were Clemson, Florida State and Vanderbilt. However, he also expressed strong interest in Ohio State and Michigan.
First-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones made Payne a high priority.
"I took a lot of visits to a lot of different schools but when I went to Tennessee, I just fell in love with everything going on down there," Payne said. "Coach Jones has a lot going on and a lot in store for these coming years."
Aside from the coaches, Payne said he also grew fond of Tennessee's players. He also cited the warm weather during his visit as a positive for picking the Vols.
Payne's announcement could have significance beyond just his commitment. His pledge could also help Tennessee build a pipeline into talent-rich Friendship school.
In 2012, several prospects from Friendship signed with Div. I schools, led by five-star defensive lineman Eddie Goldman. Friendship had four prospects sign with Maryland in 2013.
"I think it helps a lot," Payne said about his commitment possibly helping Tennessee recruit his school, "because it may open their eyes to see how Tennessee is and they might start looking at Tennessee more."
In particular, Tabor has shown strong interest in Tennessee.
"I'm going to try to get him," Payne said. "I'm definitely going to try to get him. He's got other schools and whatever school he picks I know he's going to do well ... We're pretty close. I see him every day. We talk all about recruiting and colleges."
Payne is Tennessee's seventh commitment for the 2014 class. He is the fourth ESPN Watch List prospect to commit to Tennessee since Jones was hired in December.