H.D. Woodson has one of the area’s most talented defensive backfields with the likes of seniors Kenny Crawley, a Tennessee recruit, and John Walker, who holds BCS offers. But there’s a budding prospect playing alongside them.
Though only a sophomore, H.D. Woodson receiver-defensive back D’Andre Payne is already receiving offers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools, and more interest from others
The reason, quite simply, is speed.
Payne, who is 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.58 as a freshman and saw the playing field for the Warriors, scoring at least two touchdowns. “He's only going to get bigger, faster and stronger,” said H.D. Woodson assistant coach Wayne Johnson, who coordinates the team’s college recruiting.
Texas Tech, which first noticed him as a freshman, was the first to offer in September, according to Payne’s father Walter. Colorado offered three weeks ago. And Connecticut followrf suit last week.
Johnson said he has also fielded interest from Clemson, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, among others.
Despite overtures from DeMatha, Good Counsel, Friendship Collegiate and Landon, D’Andre Payne chose the three-time D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Warriors because his father graduated from the school in 1988.
Through 10 games this season, Payne has run for two touchdowns, caught six passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. On defense, the cornerback has made 13 tackles, intercepted three passes, and he’s also seen time returning punts and kickoffs.
“His football IQ is amazing.,” Johnson said.