GARLAND, Texas - Competitive players like wide receiver Philip Payne are never satisfied.
Playing with a host of other top pass-catchers during his junior year, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Payne hauled in 17 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball extremely well and put up nine rushing touchdowns. After committing to Texas in March, his main goal this season has been to blow past his junior marks.
"Really, it's been about getting to 30 catches this season," Payne said. "I know I'm close. It's not all about me though, because it's also important for us to go the playoffs. We don't just want to show up either. It's about getting there and pushing deep into the fourth or fifth round."
So far on the year, Payne has around 27 receptions along with continuing his rushing duties that have also added four more scores to the total. Doing what he can for the team, the four-star receiver is getting close to his goals while playing all over the field.
Aside from making sure his team makes the playoffs, Payne has also been taking big notice of what his future college team has been doing on the season. It would be hard to find a bigger fan or supporter of the Longhorns this year.
Simply put, Payne is ready to go for Texas.
"I've been to three games so far and they've blown out everyone of those teams," Payne said. "It's funny, because I probably talk to at least 12 of the 24 commits on a regular basis. Oh man, we talk about everything from how they're doing, how Texas is doing, and just how we can't wait to get up there and help Texas out."
"Let's put it this way – I've been very impressed."