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Five-star defensive lineman Damon Payne picks Alabama over Kentucky

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This one is a no for Kentucky. Five-star All-American defensive lineman Damon Payne has decided to roll with the tide for his collegiate career, picking Alabama over his other ten finalists, which included Kentucky, University of Southern California and Arizona State at the top of his list. Payne becomes Alabama’s fourth 5-star commit and eighth top-100 prospect. He’s the No. 1 defensive tackle in America for the 2021 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings,

Payne, a Michigan native, made the announcement on CBS Sports HQ Sunday afternoon, saying he believes Alabama is the place he can see himself excelling the most in both athletics and academics.


Kentucky recruiting has been picking up steam lately in Michigan, led by defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale. In two of the last three years, Coach Clink has successfully convinced Michigan’s top-ranked defensive linemen to join the Big Blue Nation, as both Justin Rogers and Marquan McCall eventually signed on the dotted line. Another Michigan standout, Rayshaun Benny, trimmed his list of potential landing spots to eight on Saturday, and he included Kentucky on that list (alongside Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Penn State, Arizona State, Arkansas and Tennessee).

As for Payne, things were certainly different this time around, and a lack of official visits to Lexington amid COVID-19 restrictions likely hurt the Cats down the stretch.

On to the next.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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13 Comments for Five-star defensive lineman Damon Payne picks Alabama over Kentucky

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:01 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

    This is why they media always down plays us and other lower tv ranking schools. If UK was treated with respect it’s earned we’d win more recruiting battles. Look at Nebraska they sucked yet the media is acting like they’re a great team and low and behold we’ve lost a couple of kids to them.

    • michaelb
      10:29 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

      Hold tight Benny , this path we’re on now , were gonna shock the sec by winning the east in a year or 2

  2. BigBluSoTru
    5:09 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

    Im sure we were his second choice Saban had to bring the bag out . Glad the big dog didn’t play tbat game with Bama. Uk isn’t for everybody his loss if choses to play for Nick dictator Saban instead of a proven NFL pipeline that Stoops has built. He will see he made the wrong choice in the chanpionship game in Atlanta.However i’m sure the big dog will still try and flip him .

    • mashburnfan1
      5:46 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

      You are a moron

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:32 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

      Looks like the shoe is on the other foot mashbum…lol

    • mashburnfan1
      11:02 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

      I post facts, most of you just don’t like to hear the truth. Have asked several times for anyone to find one thing I posted that was not true and no one has found anything. Might be many things you don’t like to hear but they were still the facts

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:04 am July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Facts? LMAO. You wouldn’t know a fact if it bit you on your vagina. I’ve found several comments you’ve that were not only not facts but were out and out lies, but you never responded (convenient) you don’t like to be wrong and called out. You give Stoops and the football program all kinds of leeway and even go so far as to make excuses for losses, while making excuses for our opponents in MBB when they lose to us. You don’t belong in the BBN and as far as most of us are concerned you are nothing but a troll.

  3. BigBluSoTru
    6:20 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

    @mash you are the one that poops on all things positive for us. BBN doesn’t need fans like you they call you out all the time here for being a tool.

    • bkeith75
      6:32 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

      Yet you post something dumber than some of the stuff he posts.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:31 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

      Bigblu is Mashy’s brother. Your sibling rivalry sucks for the rest of us considering it’s trying to prove who’s dumber. By the way you win.

  4. PensacolaCat
    6:30 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

    It’s a little foolish to think that Alabama needs to pay their recruits to get them to choose their program over ours don’t you think?

  5. wildcats8
    7:54 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

    Just being in the final 5 for a five star talent proves we have come a long long way. Anyone who cant get that through their thick skull doesn’t understand the concept of “rebuilding” which is what we had to do after the tragedy that was joker Phillips

  6. michaelb
    10:27 pm July 26, 2020 Permalink

    Guys pro ready , of course we are not getting him