H.D. Woodson All-Met cornerback D’Andre Payne has been ruled ineligible to play at the school this fall after a District of Columbia Public Schools investigation determined he does not carry proper legal residency in the city, his father, Walter Payne, and Woodson football Coach Steve Scott said Thursday.
DCPS officials declined comment on the situation. But both Scott and Walter Payne confirmed that the Tennessee-bound Payne would not take the field in the Warriors’ game against Theodore Roosevelt Friday night because he has been ruled ineligible by city officials due to a residency issue. He also missed last Friday’s game at Martinsburg (W. Va.), and hasn’t practiced with the team since being notified of his ineligible status August 26.
“I can’t practice or play. . . it’s pretty rough,” Payne said in an interview with the Post last Friday. “I went to Woodson for three years, I went to Phelps my ninth-grade year, and there has never been a problem. But the first week before the first game, it’s a problem and I can’t play now? So I don’t know.”