NC State wasted no time in letting South Carolina wide receiver Quintin Payton know that he would be a priority for their class of 2009. The Pack offered the TL Hanna (Anderson, SC) standout last October and have stayed on him heavily ever since.
At 6-4, 190 pounds, Payton has tremendous size and he uses that to take advantage of smaller defensive backs in high school. However, the junior wideout also shows an impressive burst and the ability to run away from the defense.
In 2007 Payton tallied 51 catches for 822 yards and nine touchdowns. Those numbers come on top of a 21 reception, 411 yard effort as a sophomore. The rising senior was on hand for the Nike Camp held at Chapel Hill last weekend and he used the trip as an opportunity to head over to Duke to check out the Blue Devils.
“I visited Duke after the combine,” said Payton. “I haven’t seen them football-wise yet but I like the football facilities there. I’ve been talking with coach Jones and coach Montgomery sent me a letter saying he wanted to meet me. I haven’t had a chance to meet with coach Cutcliffe yet, either. Duke has offered me.”
Payton is also impressed with NC State and likes where head coach Tom O’Brien has the Pack headed.
“I like what they’re doing down there,” he said. “I like how coach O’Brien is turning things around. Coach Bridge is recruiting me and I just like him as a person. He’s a fun guy to be around. I would say NC State seems to be recruiting me the hardest right now.”
In addition to NC State and Duke, Payton is also receiving steady attention from the likes of Georgia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn and LSU.
He says he’s in no rush to make an early decision and is waiting the process out to see what happens with some of the other schools expressing interest.
“I wasn’t really looking to commit early,” said Payton. “I mean, if that’s what happens then it happens. But I’m trying to see how things go and see who does what.”
Payton has only one firm camp plan for the summer and that’s a one day camp at Wake Forest.
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