St. Stanislaus alum Dallas Payne signs with UAB

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, maybe even a little luck, to put pen to paper on National Signing Day.

A lot of players don’t even get one, more or less two like St. Stanislaus alum Dallas Payne.

This evening at Payne’s house in Bay St. Louis surrounded by family and friends, the former Rock-A-Chaw let the ink dry with UAB where he’s converting from wide receiver over to tight end

A three-star Juco recruit out of Northeast Mississippi, Payne says he’s about 40 pounds heavier, now up to 6’5”, 225 pounds, than he was when he signed with the Tigers in March 2020.

Payne led the team with 36 receptions this season and then during his senior year at SSC, he was second in the state with more than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Now giving up his true position, but never giving up the dream. “Well, the receiver in me doesn’t want to change, but a lot of college coaches that were talking to me were saying it would be best for you to change, like you’ll probably have the most success – go the farthest, maybe to the league – as a tight end because of your body size, your body build and you can gain 10 or 15 pounds and it won’t hurt you and you’ll be a mismatch for linebackers and defenders. I’m taking a lot of pride in it. I wanted to have another signing day for a long time. I mean it wasn’t the plan at first, but it all worked out.”

Payne committed to the Blazers last month and will have three years of eligibility remaining once he gets to Birmingham in January.

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