D'Andre Payne high on the Buckeyes

D’Andre Payne (Washington D.C./Howard D. Woodson) estimates he’s up to 29 offers now. But the 5-foot-9, 169-pound cornerback still keeps coming back to that scarlet and gray.

While the junior has said he won’t break down a final five list until after the season, he likes what he sees in Ohio State.

“It’s a good coaching staff,” Payne said Saturday before his game with Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward. “Coach Urban Meyer is a great coach. I went up there for a visit and liked what I saw. Coach Kerry Coombs is a high-intensity coach and I like that.”

Payne got a first-hand look at Ohio State in June during one of the senior advanced camps and walked away impressed.

With four interceptions as a sophomore -- two that he returned for touchdowns -- Payne has the speed to burn that Meyer loves in his secondary.

He’s also got an eye on the Buckeyes.

“I saw the football facilities, saw the practice field and met the coaches,” Payne said of his trip to Columbus earlier this year. “I think they’re going to be one of the top programs in the country. They’ve turned it around. I’m still high on them.

“This whole thing was pretty exciting at first. It calms down, but it’s still exciting.”