June 2 Camper Shawn Payne Offered By Virginia Tech
L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) product Shawn Payne turned in a solid performance at Virginia Tech’s one-day camp on June 2. Following the event, the 6’2″, 180-pound defensive back/wide receiver was asked to stay behind for some one-on-one work with Tech DB coach Torrian Gray and wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead.
“They were giving me some tips and seeing how I might fit with what they do,” said Payne.
Certainly, the extra work was a sign of the seriousness of the Hokies’ interest in the versatile rising senior. Payne left Blacksburg that day without an offer; however, he received some good news earlier this week.
“I was in school and [Bird head coach David] Bedwell came to class and requested to my teacher to send me to his office,” Payne said, recalling what took place this past Tuesday. “When I got to his office, he asked me what schools are in my top five. I mentioned Virginia Tech would be one of those schools and that’s when he said they offered me. Coach [Shane] Beamer wanted me to call him. I did, and that’s when he told me they were offering me.”
Payne, who was accompanied on the June 2 trip to Tech by his mother, says he was excited about the Tech offer. His mother, he says, “was excited because Virginia Tech is one of the schools I’ve been interested in since middle school.”
Tech and UNC Charlotte are the two schools that have offered Payne so far, but Maryland, Old Dominion and UVa have expressed interest as well. Stanford, Texas, and Virginia are some of the schools Payne is highly interested in, but at this point Tech is the school to beat.
“I guess you can say Virginia Tech is the leader,” said Payne, who acknowledged a commitment could come in the near future.
“I really want to get back to see the campus without a football event going on. I need to call [Shane] Beamer to see if I can set that up.”
As a junior in the 2012 season, Payne saw action at wide receiver and safety for the AAA Division 6 state champion Skyhawks. At Tech’s camp the he alternated between receiver and cornerback, but it’s the latter position that Tech appears to be recruiting him to play.
“I don’t know for sure [what position he would play at Tech], but I know Coach Gray wants me to play corner,” said Payne.
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