This past weekend wasn't Jordan Payton's first time in Tempe, but it could be considered his favorite.
"It was good," the four-star wide receiver says of his trip. "I've been there before so I saw everything again, but this time it was a little bit more impressive."
Along with a few facility upgrades and some coaching changes that he's happy with, Payton felt more serious about his visit this time around.
"I don't want to say I wasn't paying attention before, but I didn't really look into things like I did this time," he recalls. "Now that I'm going to be a senior, I looked into it a little bit deeper and it all looked good."
"I went on a tour and I liked what I saw. They took me through the dorm rooms; I saw the facilities, the weight room and all that. On Saturday I came in and chatted with Coach Broussard and watched some film on players."
The junior is being chased by schools all over the country, but one thing that the Sun Devils have going for them is Payton's relationship with the Arizona State coaching staff.
"We're extremely close," Payton explains. "I'm close with all of them really. We talk all the time. We talk about life, we talk about other things; we just talk."
The USC commit says he keeps in touch with the Trojan coaches as well, about once a week. Though he attended a scrimmage at Southern California the weekend prior, Payton decided to forego USC's spring game in exchange for his visit to Tempe.
Payton was in the audience for ASU's spring game on Saturday, where he was impressed with the Sun Devils' dominant offensive performance.
"92 points for an offense is not too bad," he says. "That's intriguing for a receiver right there. Any receiver can really see themselves in that offense because they throw so much. It looked good."
Payton thoroughly enjoyed his visit to ASU, and he certainly didn't have much time to forget. Arizona State linebackers coach Trent Bray was at Oaks Christian High School just two days later to watch the prospect in action."Arizona State came to practice today," he shared on Tuesday evening. "Coach Bray came and saw us. It's cool; it keeps them fresh in your mind."
ASU is not the only school getting in the action at Oaks Christian this week. Oklahoma was represented at practice on Monday, BYU joined in Tuesday, and coaches from Tennessee and Notre Dame are scheduled to appear on Wednesday.
"It's always exciting when you have college coaches come to watch you practice," says Payton. "I'm excited to meet some of these guys and see who really comes to watch me. I just want to see who comes out there."
Though he's looking forward to being courted by top programs throughout the country, the USC commit insists that he remains a Trojan and is simply shopping around to make sure he's chosen the best fit.
Payton will be checking out Arkansas on his first official visit in October. Though he hasn't decided where he will travel to yet, the junior plans to take all five of his official visits next year.
"Right now I'm just looking," the four-star explains. "I'm open to other things too. I don't want to just tell everyone ‘USC' and not be able to see other schools. I'm just taking some visits to see what else is out there."