I’d rather take the kid that’s already 300lb than trying the beef up the 270lb kid. I’m not a big proponent of the “athletic” (euphemism for lacking bulk). Dramonte Jones was one of the better “athletic” DTs we had and he was completely underwhelming against decent OGs. Clemson won two NCs featuring two space eaters in the middle, not tweeners.
i sincerely doubt Ohio State would put emphasis on getting Bradley if they thought Payne was coming here. I’m not saying Bradley won’t be a good player, but having Payne and Hill together in the middle would’ve been nice.