Three-start tight end/defensive end Craig Payne (6-4, 287, 4.9) from Ontario (Calif.) Colony didn't get to play a down of football this fall, but that didn't stop one program from seeing enough in his ability and potential to offer the young man a scholie.
"Craig committed to Colorado State," Colony coach Anthony Rice said. "I hope he figures it out because his opportunities are definitely in front of him."
"I am thankful that he has taken his time off from football to concentrate on grades," Rice said. "His grades are together."
"We didn't get to play him this season, because CIF found him ineligible due to transfer rules."
In a previous interview with Rice he had the following to say about Payne.
"You have to love Craig's overall athleticism and versatility," Rice said. "He can help a school in a lot of areas."
The Rams get a big time talent in Payne who has the versatility to play several positions on the D-I level. Though he played tight end and defensive end on the high school level, it wouldn't be too surprising to see Payne line up at defensive tackle or offensive tackle for the Rams.
Payne was so impressive during the preseason camp season, that he earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2009 landing as the Golden State's No. 41 prospect at any position.