Florida State continues D.C. activity

Florida State's recent ventures into the nation's capital and the immediate surroundings have yielded some success.

Two 2012 signees in five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and four-star defensive back Ronald Darby hailed from the area in the last cycle en route to a top-rated class.

Two weeks ago, the Seminoles returned to extend an offer. This time, it was D'Andre Payne (Washington, D.C./Howard D. Woodson), a 2014 cornerback.

"My coach was telling me that they are pretty interested in me," said the 5-foot-9, 170-pound prospect. "I know they are a good school with some good traditions and have a good coaching staff.

"A couple of guys from my area are down there now. It might be a trend that starts; they might get some guys from this area."

As it turns out, Payne has a previously existing relationship with both of the new Seminoles. For him and Darby, it extends all the way back until their football days initially began.

"I know those guys," Payne said. "I don't know those guys too well, but I have played them. I played against Eddie Goldman. Darby, I kind of knew him since Pop Warner days. I have known him for a while."

Payne already has some of college football's heavy hitters hot after him.

Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Mississippi and Virginia Tech are just a few of the schools that have already pulled the trigger on offers. Florida State, though, appears to have made a significant impression with its offer.

"It really does put them in the mix," admitted Payne. "That is a big offer."

The junior standout has no intentions of playing around. Payne wants to see the field, and he wants to see it fast.

Wherever he chooses to play, being on campus in January is his intention.

"I am probably going to commit before my senior season because I am going to be a December grad," he explained. "I am not going to do it on signing day, I am going to do it earlier. That will give me a better chance to get on the field."

Payne mentioned he would like to take some unofficial visits this fall, but doesn't have any confirmed plans yet.