In-state runner George Payne picks USM

Southern Miss has secured a verbal commitment from running back George Payne (Mobile, Ala./Saint Luke's Episcopal School), multiple sources report.

Payne, who also had an offer from Samford, is his high school's first Division 1 athletic commitment and he is very excited to play major college football, according to al.com:

"I just feel blessed to have this opportunity. I know a lot of guys don't get a chance to go to college, let alone play college football. This feels great."

As a senior, Payne rushed for 2,424 yards and 34 touchdowns, leading his team to the playoffs for the first time.