2012 Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton let it be known that USC was his top school when we spoke with him a few weeks ago, and after receiving a scholarship offer today, he ended the recruiting process by committing to the Trojans.
“I was walking out of a class assembly and my coach was waiting in the lobby and I thought I was in trouble because he gave me this look,” Payton said. “He pulled me aside and told me that USC was going to offer me. I started laughing and tears almost started to come out but I kept them in.”
The 6-2, 191-pound sophomore WR/DB had offers from LSU, Washington and Arizona State but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for the team that he grew up watching.
“I really don’t think there is anything better than USC to tell you the truth, I am from L.A. and grew up watching USC, loving them and dreaming of playing in the Coliseum,” Payton said, “Everything just seems so perfect for me. USC is where I want to be.”
“I can’t stop smiling about it. This is a great feeling.”
At the conclusion of school today, Payton said he will make the trip to USC with his parents and discuss his plans with the entire coaching staff.
Just a sophomore, he is already one of the most complete receivers in California. His combination of speed, size and strength is very rare for a player his age and has caused several matchup problems for high school defensive backs.
“What I bring to the field is I am really aggressive and I play fast,” Payton said. “With my speed, it’s hard for a corner to stop me because I don’t look fast but when I am on the field I have plenty of speed.”
Payton was named Scout.com’s Top Sophomore in California after setting the Oaks Christian school record for touchdowns and yards in a season for a receiver by recording in 45 catches for 1,088 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2009.
With his commitment, Payton is now the first member of USC’s 2012 recruiting class.
Oaks Christian WR/DB Jordan Payton at the Vegas 7-on-7 Tournament.
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