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06 Aug 2015 - 06:00:39 pm

Alabama freshman already one of team's stronger players -

He feels quicker."

"I sense just like [the excess weight loss] can be planning to enable him to hopefully compete this season pertaining to playing moment at a really stacked position, the actual defensive line. The Particular 345-pound energy clean would happen to always be able to be tied with running back Derrick Henry with regard to second-best on the team during the spring behind only since-dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor.

"Even at 345, Daron never was fat," Smith said. His currently advanced strength is up.

The weight along with power quantities continued to cultivate from there.

Payne provides not necessarily been tested inside the 40-yard dash since receiving to Alabama and also dropping down to 315.

Unable to bench press 300 lbs in the start regarding his freshman year while weighing about 250-260 pounds, Payne grew to 300 lbs by his sophomore year.

After enrolling from Alabama just 2 months ago, Payne -- whom Rivals ranked as a five-star recruit and the 19th-best overall prospect on this year's recruiting class -- is currently certainly 1 of the particular stronger players on the Tide's team.

Payne does 25 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press while within high school.

As a lot as 350 lbs in Shades Valley, Payne feels slimming down although adding strength may help him compete for early playing occasion using the Tide, Smith said.

At 345 pounds, Payne ran the particular 40-yard dash in 5.0 just a few seconds in a Mississippi State camp while inside higher school, Smith said, any terrific period for a player in which size.

Only 5 Alabama players remaining on the team bench-pressed 500 pounds during the Tide's spring testing. ...

"The coaches -- coach Davis, coach Cristobal, which recruited him, coach Cochran and also coach Smart -- they were all bragging that he had been in front of routine [physically]," Smith told

His bench press max ended up being up to 400 lbs by in which same point.

Videos upon YouTube show Payne bench-pressing 445 and also 460 lbs final spring heading into his senior season at Shades Valley.. I also think it's heading to give Alabama several options, where he's not confined to getting any two-gap nose guard."

The 6-foot-3 Payne, who is as a outcome of 315 lbs from 340 throughout the spring, advised Clark he bench-pressed 500 pounds last week after not too long ago recording the 345-pound power clean.

Payne's weight can be significantly down from what it was as recently as the spring. However we truly felt such as he could be a entire lot quicker, he could be the four down player with 320. "He wasn't globby body fat from 345.

Bill Smith spoke with a number of Alabama coaches at a recruiting camp this summer.

Each mentioned the same thing about freshman defensive tackle Daron Payne, a former star beneath Clark in Shades Valley high School in Birmingham which had lately arrived upon campus with Alabama.

"He's excited being as a new result of about 315," Smith said. "He feels like he's relocating a entire lot better

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