"I had a camp down there last week. I went down on a camp and I did the drills and stuff, they wanted to look at me. They told me they were going to offer me a full scholarship. Iowa had been one of the schools I'd been looking at for a while."
An early decision is something Paine had been looking at for a while, thanks to urging from his coach, who was instrumental in his recruiting process.
"I ran it past my coach a lot," he said. "They had two guys last year who made their decisions kind of late. They wanted me to be on top of mine, that was best for me."
When it came time to let the coaching staff know, Paine sent a text message to his recruiting coach, Eric Johnson, to let him know. As of writing, he had not yet called Coach Ferentz or Coach Parker.
Paine came away from his camp visit last week impressed, overall.
"I thought the coaching staff was really willing to work with me," he said. "I like the campus. They say that the only way you can fail at Iowa is if you don't try. They've got everything to help you pass and stuff."
This is the second commitment from the St. Louis metro area for the Hawkeyes this year, joining Jason Ford who committed earlier this month. Paine is familiar with several St. Louis-area natives on the Hawkeye team, including Paul Chaney Jr., Adrian Clayborn, and Marvin McNutt.
Paine will be working to gain weight this offseason, hoping to hit 175-180 pounds by the beginning of his senior season.