A look at the news and notes from the last week in recruiting from out West..…
Broncos Offer Top SoCal RB
Citrus Hill HS RB Davien Payne (Perris, CA) is one of the top RB prospects on the West Coast and the offers have been rolling in over the past couple weeks. Boise State extended an offer to the talented RB last week and the Broncos appear to be one of the top contenders for his services. "I got offered by Boise State last Thursday," he said. "Coach B offered me and I was real excited. To be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to get that offer for a while, but I'm glad I got it." "Coach B is a good dude," he stated. "He's someone I can look up to and can help me get to the next level. He kind of told me his story and I told him mine. I think he's more of a father figure to me since I didn't have a dad growing up." Most kids in Southern California find themselves cheering for USC or UCLA. That's not the case with Davien Payne. He has been a Bronco fan since he was thirteen years old. "I love their running game. They always have a solid running game," he said. "They always have that underdog mentality as well and I love that since I view myself the same way. I've been a Boise State fan since I was thirteen." UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, and Colorado have also offered the standout RB. He says he'll start trimming his list this summer and should have a better idea of where he wants to go by that time. "I plan on trimming the list during the summer," he said. "I want to be able to take a couple visits and see both the positives and negatives of each school. I'm already planning a trip to Boise so I can see everything. We're trying to get that together so I can go up there." In 2010, Citrus Hill finished the season with a 7-4 record. Payne was their workhorse at RB as he rushed for 27 TDs and nearly 2,000 yards on the ground. 2011 should be another solid season for the Hawks with Payne carrying the load at RB and a total of sixteen starters returning. "We had a lot to prove right from the get-go since so many people thought we'd be only 5-5 or so. We did real well for a team with a lot of sophomores and juniors," said Payne. "Everybody expects to be better this year and accomplish greater things. I want to make this a season to remember for the guys since some of them won't be wearing a helmet anymore after this year." What does Payne (6'0, 212) bring to the gridiron? "I'm not trying to brag, but I can do everything," he said. "I'll run around them and through them," he added. BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Davien Payne.
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