Running back Keith Payne out of Vienna (Va.) Oakton recently took junior day visits to Virginia and Maryland and is scheduled to take another one this weekend to Virginia Tech. So how did the trips to the Cavaliers and Terps go?
"Virginia was pretty good and fun," he said. "I got to know some of the players and hang out with Marcus Hamilton and Marques Hagans. The coaches were pretty good too, I got to talk to them a lot more on the visit."
How did the trip to Maryland go?
"Maryland was pretty good too, it was very similar to Virginia," he said. "I didn't get to sit down and talk to the players, but the coaches were good. I finally met my recruiting coach and got to know him pretty well."
So how would Payne compare the visits?
"Virginia's visit stood out more," Payne said. "I guess the reason they stood out more was the fact that they were more hands on with the players and that's what made it better."
Does Payne have any thoughts on the upcoming Virginia Tech visit?
"I haven't been to their campus yet," he said. "I'm hoping it's going to be real nice and I'm looking forward to it."
Besides taking in visits, Payne has heard from a slew of schools including Notre Dame, Penn State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Boston College, Clemson, Wake Forest, Marshall, West Virginia and Tennessee.
"I haven't looked into Notre Dame too much," he said. "I just got one letter from them, but I was really excited when I got it because it's a really good school."
This spring Payne is keeping busy playing lacrosse.
"It's going pretty good," he said. "We're still undefeated and have already won two state championships in the past. I'm also getting recruited for lacrosse."
Is he interested in playing lacrosse in college at all?
"If it's a possibility, sure I'll play lacrosse," he said. "But I'm trying to stick to football."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder plans to attend a few combines this spring including the Nike Camp at Virginia Tech, Adidas Camp at North Carolina State and the Elite College Combine.
This summer Payne plans on attending camps at Virginia, Wake Forest and Penn State.
Last season, Payne helped Oakton to a 10-2 record as they were named district champions. He went on to amass 1,000 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, he added 240 yards receiving with two touchdowns.