Posted: 8:29 pm Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Marvin Payne signs with Johnson C. Smith Univ. 

By Jason Lieser

Royal Palm Beach’s Marvin Payne, one of the area’s most versatile and talented quarterbacks, signed with Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.

“I feel really good about it,” Payne said. “It’s going to be a whole new coaching staff and they’re trying to run the spread just like we did at Royal Palm. I’ll be a great fit.”

The Golden Bulls named Steven Aycock head coach Jan. 28.

Payne (6-0, 172) threw for 1,606 passing yards in the regular season, fourth among big-school quarterbacks, and connected on 17 touchdown passes. He was named honorable mention for the all-area team.