WR To Visit UM

Dade City (Fla.) Pasco Co. standout wide receiver Johnny Peyton was emerging as one of the best receiver prospects in the entire state back in the spring. "A lot of schools had stopped by the school and called me in the spring," Peyton said.

"I was getting a lot of looks. Then I committed to Pittsburgh. I just wanted to get it over with or whatever."

The talented wide receiver then went through the regular season committed to the Panthers. He took his visit there the weekend Miami was in town.

"Everything was straight at that time," he said. "My visit was alright. I really didn't hang out with many people except a few guys like the cornerback from Ohio (Ted Ginn). It was snowing when I went. It was freezing."

Then in an unexpected turn of events, Peyton found out just recently that his recruiting coach was no longer coaching at Pittsburgh.

"My coach left and took a job with Akron," he said. "He was one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to go there. Now that he's gone, I backed off the commitment and now I'm wide open. I'll probably end up at either Miami, Florida, or South Florida."

At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Peyton talked more about those three programs.

"I went down to South Florida this weekend," he said. "It was me and a bunch of other cats. There were like 40 people taking their visit this weekend. Miami was recruiting me in the spring but then they chilled out when I committed to Pittsburgh. Now that I backed out of that, they called me last Thursday and asked about setting up a visit. I'm going down there this Friday. One of their coaches is coming by the school either tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm gonna see what's up with them. They're trying to get a couple receivers. They haven't offered me yet but I think they will after my visit."

Peyton, who had 40 receptions for 1,080 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, said he plans on taking another visit or two after Miami.

"I'm supposed to go to Louisville but I don't know about that," he said. "I might also take a trip to Florida at the end of the month."

The standout receiver said the depth charts of the schools he's considering will not play a part in his decision.

"Like Miami, they got a bunch of receivers," he said. "All those smaller guys better watch out because I'm gonna show 'em whats up if I go there. I aint about sittin and watching people. I just gotta work hard and just go in there and be tough. I wont let people get into my head. Miami sends a lot of their guys to the league and I think the competition they have is why."

Peyton, a full academic qualifier (3.0/19), also competes in varsity basketball and track. He earned a second place finish in the state high jump last year. He also competed in the CaliFlorida All-Star game last week and talked about that.

"It was kinda boring the whole time and the field was really sloppy," he said. "I only got thrown two balls. One was catchable and I took it for 38 yards. It helped set us up to win the game. A lot of (receivers) were talking noise during the week but I started and had more yards (38 to 31) than the guy who got offensive MVP (Keith Brown, who had 3 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown)."

Peyton said he enjoyed competing with all the Florida DB's during the week in practice.

"They were all tight," he said. "They're all fast. The best ones, I thought, were the safety from Madison County (Jonathan Warren) and Tony Joiner. The cornerbacks, Trevor Ford, JR (Bryant), and (Dawayne Grace) were tight too."

Peyton said he spoke to a lot of players about going to various colleges.

"The only one I talked to that said he was going to Miami was Bobby Washington," he said. "I didn't talk to a lot of them though. I think the tall safety (Kenny Ingram) might be, I don't know."

Peyton has a 32-inch vertical leap, as recorded at last spring's NIKE Camp.

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