Although Jordan Payton (6'2, 192-pounds) has been committed to USC, he was contemplating taking a trip to South Bend this weekend for Notre Dame's junior day.
"I'm not going to be able to make it, but I'll probably be coming out in April," Payton said. "Notre Dame is a good school. My parents are from back east (Chicago), so I kind of have a heart for Notre Dame.
"We'll see how it goes. Notre Dame is kind of the team to like back there. There really isn't a college to like there except Notre Dame, so ever since I was little, I've had Notre Dame sweaters and Notre Dame hats."
Notre Dame hasn‘t extended a scholarship offer to Payton at this point, but he's hoping that it comes soon.
"Hopefully I get that offer and I'll try to get out there in April," he said. "We know a good amount of people that went to Notre Dame. Joe Montana's sons, Nate and Nick, so obviously that does some good.
"I also know Jimmy Clausen. I throw with Jimmy every spring. I was there one time when Golden Tate, Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph came and worked.
For now Payton is sticking with his commitment to the Trojans, but that could change at some point in the future.
"It's just an interesting situation." Payton explained. "I committed really early and right now I feel that I have to weigh my options.
"I'm not saying that I'm going to de-commit. I'm still a USC commit, but I'm going to go out and see other things and Notre Dame is one of them.
"I go to UCLA next weekend," he said. "I live down the street, so that won't be hard. I go to Colorado Thursday this week. The PAC-10 school that is recruiting me that hardest is Cal."
Payton Considering His Options
IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories
Front Page News: QuarterbacksBrandon Wimbush ascends to the heavily-scrutinize role of starting quarterback at Notre Dame. He has the tools if not the playing time in the offense.
Elko’s defense intrigues GriffithHouston Griffith came away impressed by new defensive coordinator Mike Elko during a weekend visit. He also got some unique insight from Brian Kelly and a follow-up pitch from an …
Irish working on Penn State commitFour-star tight end Pat Freiermuth committed to Penn State in August. He landed an offer from Notre Dame last week. Will that change his plans?
Who’s Next?With four commitments on board in less than a week, Notre Dame could be halfway home this recruiting cycle. So where will the Irish go to take the next step? Irish Illustrated…
IrishIllustrated.comYesterday at 10:41 AM
Irish rally past OrangeDespite a flurry of three-pointers by No. 21 Syracuse, the No. 7 Notre Dame show grit in 85-80 win over the Orange in its final regular-season road outing on Sunday.