"Coach Norvell, coach Thomsen and coach Christian were there and they are all great guys. Coach Norvell said that their offense, just like the old Arizona State offense, does like to throw the ball a lot. He said that they are looking for wide receivers who can come into their offense and make plays."
Payton added that coaches Norvell and Thomsen will be his recruiting coaches and will continue to be in contact with them throughout the recruiting process.
The Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian wide receiver has been on a handful unofficial visits to Tempe, and his recent trip to the valley was an official visit he took the weekend of November 18th.
"It's a great school and they have a great business program," Payton commented. "I know a lot of people there so I have some relationships at the school. I just like the overall environment there in Tempe."
Payton, a four-star prospect ranked 13th in the nation among WR's has also taken official visits to Cal, Michigan and Notre Dame and naturally all three schools have been keeping in close contact with him and make his short list along with ASU and UCLA, the later being the only program he hasn't taken an official visit to as of yet.
"Right now I'm just trying to figure everything out and see what is the best situation for me," Payton stated. "UCLA now has a new coaching staff and coach Broussard who was at ASU is over there now. I might still take an official visit there, if I don't announce at the Army All-American game."
In 2011 the 6-2 205-pound Payton hauled in 61 passes for 769 yards and ten touchdowns. He had also had on rushing score. On defense he collected 40 tackles, ten passes defended and two interceptions. Payton and the Lions ended their season losing to cross-town rival Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake, 49-42 in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.