After a year of every person in the state of Alabama speculating about his decision, Daron Payne finally committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Auburn Tigers.
The 6'2" 335 pound lineman is a massive pick-up for the Tide, in more ways than one. Rivals.com has him listed as the #3 overall defensive tackle and the top player in the state of Alabama. 247Sports composite rankings has Payne as the 6th best defensive tackle and the 41st best overall player in the class of 2015.
Payne has been listed anywhere from 325 pounds to north of 350 through the course of his senior season, and checked in right at 330 for the UnderArmour game this week. Payne mentioned that he had been slimming down to improve his speed and explosiveness, and that his goal is to sustain a playing weight of around 315.
At one of Nike's SPARQ combines last summer, Payne ran a 5.24 forty yard dash at a whopping 348 pounds. Even more impressive was his 4.80 shuttle time, which demonstrates his elite lateral agility for someone of his size. Payne finished the camp with an 84.0 final SPARQ score (here is my former article discussing the components of SPARQ), which effectively puts him in the top 14% of all college-bound defensive linemen in pure athleticism.