Lee Payton (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Payton paying close attention to Michigan

With the Wolverines signing zero tight ends in their last recruiting class, they will look to address that need in this next class. A name to watch going forward is an athletic pass-catcher from River Rouge in junior tight end, Lee Payton.

Jim Harbaugh signed another top recruiting class in 2017, but really put an emphasis on dominating in-state. The Wolverines did so by signing eight prospects from the Great Lakes State and will look to continue to do the same in this next recruiting cycle. One name to watch going forward is River Rouge (Mich.) 2018 tight end Lee Payton, who has expressed some early interest in the hometown Wolverines. 

“Michigan has been up to our school to get transcripts and watch film,” Payton told The Michigan Insider. “Yes sir (I’m interested). Michigan has always been a school of excellent education and good football. Also it's close to home.”


Payton’s recruitment has been on the rise, who holds several early offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse and Florida. However, an offer from Michigan would certainly make the Maize and Blue much more enticing.

“It will mean a lot to have a scholarship offer to the University of Michigan,” said Payton. “Michigan would be one of my top choices to attend. It'll be a blessing to get a scholarship from the University of Michigan.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Payton also admitted growing up living in a home filled with a little Big Ten favoritism.  

“It was certain schools (I grew up a fan of) because of my household like Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota,” said Payton.

Right now, there is no upcoming visits on the horizon for Payton. Still, having already been to Ann Arbor, he hopes to get back up to campus in the near future.

“I would like to visit Michigan (again),” said Payton. “I would like to see everything honestly. (Want to visit) soon if I can get in contact with coaches.”

The Michigan Insider Top Stories