Payton Will Visit Twin Brother's School of Choice

Bryan Payton, twin brother of Arizona State pledge Jeremy Payton, will be making an official visit to Tempe this weekend despite being orally committed to the UCLA Bruins. In this exclusive DevilsDigest interview Payton explains the reasoning behind this decision, and where he stands in the recruiting process.

Last week, Arizona State received a commitment from Westlake (CA) high school quarterback Rudy Carpenter in part because of a hold-up regarding his academic admission into UCLA. Now, an eerily similar situation is perhaps beginning to unfold with Bryan Payton, the twin brother of Sun Devil commit Jeremy Payton.

Payton, a standout two-way player (CB and WR) at South Hill high school in Covina (CA) orally committed to the Bruins in May of last year but is now considering Arizona State and Oregon State as alternatives in light of a potential delay regarding his admission to UCLA, a school which often requires prospective student-athletes to meet certain standards above and beyond those at a number of other Pacific-10 institutions.

"They (UCLA) said they might be able to let me know if I get accepted on the 28th (January) but even that's not a sure-thing." Payton said. "They might not be able to tell me until I get my grades next semester and I don't want to hold out for UCLA and then wind up not having a scholarship somewhere else if I don't make it (into UCLA)."

"So I have to look at other options," he continued. "Arizona State is a school that is obviously interesting because of my brother going there and also the coaching staff I really like. They just hired the new [defensive backs' coach Mark Carrier], and coach Fidler and coach Jackson were here on Monday."

"Oregon State is the other school I'm still looking at and really like. They visited me last week and I'll visit there officially next weekend (Jan. 30) after Arizona State (Jan. 23)," Payton said. "By then hopefully I'll have a better idea of how where things are at with UCLA and then I'll be able to make a decision."

"I know the (academic) situation is my fault, but at the same time I have to look out for myself," Payton said. "I like the coaches at all the schools. My brother is lobbying me for ASU, but he won't have a big impact on my decision. It'll just be about what's right for me."

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