When the halftime whistle sounded, Penn State only owned six rushing yards against Michigan’s defense.
Negative six, to be exact.
Of the many recruits in the Big House for Michigan’s 42-7 win over Penn State on Nov. 3, one was Belleville (Mich.) 2021 four-star strong-side defensive end Damon Payne.
“They treated me good, as always,” Payne said after visiting the Wolverines. “Seats were great. Watching Michigan’s defense is crazy.”
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman has offers to Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse and USC.
Payne said he is not allowed to speak on the specifics of his recruitment until the conclusion of the 2018 season for Belleville High School, but did mention Michigan has always been “home” to him.
“I’m definitely interested,” Payne added. “I wouldn’t waste my time going up there (if I wasn’t interested).”
One of the main reasons why Payne is so invested in the Wolverines is due to watching many of the current Michigan players during his childhood, even emulating his game after some of them.
Payne is also teammates with a two Michigan commits – 2020 four-star cornerback Andre Seldon and 2019 three-star defensive tackle Tyrece Woods.
“All the other recruits were there,” Payne said of his recent trip to Michigan. “We all just had a good time.”
Payne is ranked No. 26 in the nation and No. 3 in the state of Michigan for the 2021 class, according to 247Sports Composite.