Author: Mick Walker

Ohio's Top Running Back and Top 2022 Prospect Gi'Bran Payne Breaks Down His Recruitment and Junior Season

LAKOTA --When it comes to talent producing cities in the state of Ohio the argument can be made that Cincinnati is at the top. Cincinnati high school football is highlighted by powerhouse programs such as La Salle, St. Xavier, Winton Woods, and more. Well known players that have come out of the 513 area recently are Paris Johnson Jr., Evan Prater, Jowon Briggs, and Jackson Carmen who have all been near the top of Ohio’s prospects in the past few years. But one program in recent years that has taken their talent production to the next level is the La Salle Lancers who currently have an Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati commit on their roster with an underclassman that has numerous power five offers.

That underclassman is none other than Gi’Bran Payne who plays everywhere for the Lancers on offense and is one of the most versatile running backs in the country. Through four games he is averaging over six yards per rush and over 20 yards per reception while leading La Salle in total touchdowns. He is also the second leading receiver and rusher for the Lancers. On top of that, he is one of the best leaders on their roster. Not to mention he returns kicks and plays linebacker for the Lancers.

After La Salle beat Lakota East last Friday we caught up with him to break down his recruiting and returning to play. In our interview, Payne talked about his relationship with Ohio State’s coaches, how his high school teammate Jaylen Johnson is recruiting to the Buckeyes, and when he thinks an offer may come from Columbus. On top of that Payne discussed taking on a bigger role this season at La Salle and how he has physically matured in preparation for this season.

To listen and watch Payne talk about all of the above topics head over to the link below!

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