Payton gets first work out with Gator coaches

The Florida football staff got to spend their first time working on the field with receiver commitment Tristan Payton. The Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast athlete committed in February and was a bot of a surprise at the time, but the Gators feel like they have a good one. Payton enjoyed his time bonding with the staff on Tuesday and being coached.

Tristan Payton wasn't going to work out for the staff, but when he arrived he couldn't resist a chance at training with new receiver coach Chris Leak.

"It felt pretty good to be around my coaches just to work with them and see what it's going to be like when I get here," Payton said shortly after the mini-camp. "When I got here I just felt good and felt like I was home. I wanted to get some work in. I felt pretty good. I felt like I could have been a little better, but overall I felt pretty good."

Leak is less than a week on the job and there is little doubt he is popular among the campers because of he can relate to them and because they still remember his time at Florida and as a national champion.

"He's a good coach, a young guy, so we have a lot in common," Payton said of leak. "It feels pretty good. He told me I did pretty good today. I just told him I want to get better. He likes my route running and the mental game."

With Leak throwing perfect spirals to the receivers, Payton found it easy to haul in the deep balls after he got by the defenders covering him.

"It felt pretty good," he said with a grin. "You know I had to take it to the end zone."

He got another taste of the place he committed and came away even more satisfied with that decision.

"They are all nice coaches, they make me feel at home," he said. "It is close to home. It is a good program, not just for the sports, but for academics. That is all big."

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