An NCAA record 114,804 people witnessed one of the most spectacular finishes ever seen within the confines of storied Michigan stadium. One of the most important members of the record crowd was Oaks Christian High School’s Jordan Payton. The first night game in the history of the Big House brought a new level of excitement that definitely impressed the former USC commit.
“I don’t think I had a favorite part -- I just loved the atmosphere, the atmosphere was insane,” Payton excitedly explained. “I really loved being there and seeing the student section scream my name and everything like that. It was tremendous.”
In addition to the atmosphere, Payton couldn’t help but be excited about the possibilities the Michigan offense could provide.
“I talked to Coach Borges today and he said they’ve only been with them (the offense) for six months really, implementing the offense… like really practicing the offense,” stated Payton. “So they look good for the first couple months of the coaches being there. I can only imagine what it’s going to look like further down the line.”
Although four-star wideout made the trip on his own, he certainly had plenty of company sitting around him behind the Wolverines bench.
“All of them (Michigan commitments) were saying ‘You got to come (to Michigan).’ I loved it so much because all of the commits were so close,” Payton recalled. “They’re all really good friends and that showed. They were all just trying to get me to join the movement.”
Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan played host to the fellow west coast native and did his part in showing Payton a good time. The question now is: was the visit enough to move the Wolverines up his list?
“They’re (Michigan) the leader for sure,” said Payton. “This staff is really on the rise. You look at their success anywhere they’ve been they’ve only done great things. That win last night was huge, so I’m just excited to see the future if I was there -- they’d definitely look good if I was there too.””
With Michigan now sitting in the driver’s seat for the #12 wide receiver in the 2012 class, a big change in plans could be Payton’s next move.
“I’m going to talk to my parents and then I’ll go from there,” he said. “I’ll talk to my parents (Monday). The decision could come sooner than I thought but I’m not telling you a date (laughing).”
With a decision potentially looming, stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine.com for updates on this developing situation.