Notre Dame adds running back signee Gi’Bran Payne after being released from Indiana

Notre Dame ended its recruiting class of 2022 on Friday, nearly five months into the early signing period, with a commitment to push Gi’Bran Payne back from Cincinnati on Friday. Payne signed with Indiana five months ago, then asked for and received his release from the Hoosiers.

Notre Dame and Kentucky were Payne’s two finalists the second time around, with the Irishman beating the 5ft 10, 190lb athlete, who is classified as a four-star contender by 247Sports and Rivals, while On3 recognized him as a Three star ratings.

Payne’s second film helped him land more than a dozen offers, but a severe ankle sprain limited his junior season and a meniscus injury changed his senior year. Over the past two seasons, Payne has rushed for just 509 yards and eight touchdowns, after a second year with 790 rushing yards and nine scores.

“He’s had enough film,” said LaSalle head coach Pat McLaughlin. “He played offense, defense, special teams. His sophomore year was his best, most consistent. Did everyone jump in? no But many schools have stepped in. He is dynamic with the ball, can score from anywhere on the field, has a low center of gravity, can catch, plays in space. It’s all very appealing.”

Notre Dame offered Payne earlier in the recruitment process, but McLaughlin described the offer from Brian Kelly’s staff as “non-binding.”

“He was very interested in Notre Dame,” McLaughlin said. “They offered him, but he couldn’t commit. And then he couldn’t come visit with COVID so everything was virtual. It was more with Notre Dame on the other staff that he couldn’t pull the trigger.

(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today) Notre Dame adds running back signee Gi’Bran Payne after being released from Indiana

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