Cory Sanders and Pitt officially added another name to their growing list of Western Pennsylvania prospects that they’l hope to sign over the next couple of years.
Class of 2023 Chartiers Valley defensive back Lamont Payne received word on Monday that his latest offer comes from his hometown Pitt Panthers. Payne (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) also holds offers from West Virginia, Rutgers and Kent State.
Payne now joins Laurel Highlands four-star athlete Rodney Gallagher and Brashear four-star athlete Ta’Mere Robinson as local players in the class with offers from Pitt.
“I found out this morning when I was working out with my trainer Dee Brown,” Payne told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I talked with Coach Sanders and he gave me the news. He told me that they really liked my film and talking about me with my coach and trainers like Dee Brown. They liked the improvement and progress I’ve made over the last year. It was a pretty good conversation and right now, Pitt plans to recruit me as a cornerback.
— Lamont Payne🕷🦋 (@Lamontpayne18) March 18, 2021
”Coach Sanders seems like a cool guy from our conversations. I liked the fact that he coached and developed guys like Damar Hamlin and Paris Ford, who will be going to the NFL.”
Payne received his first Division-I offer back in February from Kent State and his first Power Five offer last month from West Virginia, but Monday’s news was different because it was his hometown school.
”I was shocked when I got the news,” said Payne. “I’ve grown up watching Pitt and always hear about them. Plus, when I’m working out, I see them all the time walking around. Getting this offer is a big deal to me.
”I really feel blessed to be getting all this attention and of course these offers. I’m starting to get advice from my family and coaches not to change anything and just to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I also plan on remaining humble and just keep working.”