High School: Played safety and running back during four seasons at Landmark Christian ... Was also a three-year letter winner in baseball ... Helped both teams to state runner-up finishes during his career ... Was a three time first team All-Region defensive back and was twice named All-County ... Was a first team All-State selection as a senior and also earned a spot on the Metro Atlanta All-Star team ... As a senior he recorded 107 tackles with six interceptions, 16 pass breakups and two blocked punts ... Also ran for 350 yards and five touchdowns ... Was an honor roll student and recipient of the U.S. Army National Scholar Athlete Award.
Personal: Was born on July 12, 1994, in Fayetteville, Ga. ... Is the son of Sylvia and Donald Payne, Sr. ... Has one brother, David (12) ... His father was an All-American defensive back at Morris Brown College in the 1970s and is in the Morris Brown Hall of Fame ... His uncle, Ezra Johnson, also was an All-American defensive end at Morris Brown and went on the play in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Oilers over a 15-year career ... Johnson was a first round draft pick in 1977 and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1978 ... Plans to major in business management.
“Stetson felt like home to me! I wanted to get a great education but also play football, so Stetson was the perfect fit for me.”