6-4, 190 pounds, 4.44-seconds in the 40-yard dash
TL Hannah High School, Anderson, SC
Junior Stats: As a sophomore, Payton had 21 catches for 411 yards and two touchdowns. In 2007 as a junior, he tallied 51 catches for 822 yards and nine touchdowns.
Potential Ranking: Payton is a potential three-star prospect on Scout.com
The early word: Payton is a player that boasts great size and speed and really came into his own as a junior. At 6-4, he has the ability to go over smaller defensive backs and shows an impressive burst on film to run away from defenders. NC State noticed him during the 2007 recruiting season and jumped on him early.
Scholarship offers: NC State and Duke
Other schools recruiting: Clemson, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Maryland
Top Schools: Payton does not publically list any top schools at the current time.
Timeline for a decision: He appears to be in no rush to make a decision so it appears Payton’s recruiting will play out for quite some time.
Interesting side-note: NC State was the first school to offer and did so in October of last year.
NC State recruiting coach: NC State tight end’s coach Jim Bridge
NC State connections: Jim Bridge has been one of State’s top recruiters and he made Payton an early priority. He got a several month head start by making an early offer and that’s something State can sell throughout the recruiting process. The Pack has shown renewed interest in recruiting the Palmetto State and Payton is one of NC State’s top prospects from that state early on.
Behind the scenes: It is believed that State is in very good position early on but Payton reportedly grew up a fan of Clemson so the Tigers become a huge threat should they offer. South Carolina is another school to watch out for down the road.
Wolfpack Visits: Payton visited NC State for their hoop’s matchup with Duke. Despite the loss, the atmosphere at the game and the visit overall, impressed Payton. State will look to get him back on campus sometime in the near future although nothing appears to be set right now.