The 2011 recruiting season is winding down with National letter of intent signing day coming up next Wednesday February 2nd.
This is the final weekend for official visitors before that big day, and the Missouri Tigers will be bringing in a couple of visitors this Saturday.
One of them is Tiger linebacker commit Kentrell Brothers 6'1" 215 from Guthrie (OK).
The other one is a player who stands a good chance of becoming a Missouri Tiger at some point this weekend.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with College Station (TX) Consolidated A&M cornerback prospect Ernest Payton 6'3" 195lbs, 4.4 forty, recently about his upcoming visit to Mizzou.
"I go to Missouri this weekend," said Payton. "I am heading up there to see if I like it. I am pretty sure that I will, and I am going to commit them once I check everything out and like it."
I asked Payton how familiar he was with Missouri and how long they have been recruiting him.
"I have heard a lot of good things about Missouri from people who have friends and family that know the school well and have had people go up there. Coach (Brian) Jones is my recruiter, and I like him a lot and like what he has had to say about the program," added Payton.
"They have been in contact with me since last summer, but things really got going last week when they asked me to visit. They looked at my film and liked what they saw."
Payton described himself as a player, and talked about playing cornerback after playing some other positions during his career.
"I was a running back in middle school. Then I moved to linebacker, then safety as I grew. Finally, I got a chance to move out to cornerback and I loved it. I took to it right away. I like that it's me against one other man. I am not your normal sized cornerback. I use my size and speed to my advantage. I like to be aggressive, play physical and press the receiver. I don't like the receiver to get past me. I am in his hip pocket."
Payton has had to overcome some serious adversity in his life recently, and that has contributed to his flying under the radar and being a late bloomer.
In 2008, his family was displaced by Hurricane Ike. Originally from Galveston (TX), Ernest and family were suppose to move to Bryan(TX) after the hurricane, but housing problems forced him to College Station to live with his sister.
Ernest talked about the situation.
" It was really hard. We wound up living with my sister for awhile. Then we finally got a house of our own. It was a bad situation, but I overcame it. It made me a man. Now I have had a lot of opportunity come my way since then."
Payton described his strengths as his speed and aggressiveness.
On the Texas Class 5A District 12 All-District team, he was named 2nd team at cornerback, where he had 4 INTs, two of which he returned for touchdowns, along with numerous tackles.
He also plays basketball where he averages around double digits and is the teams leading rebounder.
On the track field he competes in the 4x100,4x200 and the 200 meters, where he said his best time is 22.0 flat.
"I am looking forward to going up to Missouri and taking advantage of a great opportunity," said Payton.
ShowmeMizzou.com will keep you updated on Ernest Payton's visit and recruitment by the Tigers.