Payton Considering His Options

Four-star wide receiver Jordan Payton from Oaks Christian High School High School (Westlake Village, Calif.) has been committed to USC for some time, but he's is starting to look around and the Irish have caught his attention.

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."

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