But the four-star Payton, who is Scout.com's fifth-rated receiver in the 2012 class, told IrishEyes.com today he has not top five, he plans on making a visit to Notre Dame in the fall and he may not make a decision until after the season.
"My interest is pretty high with Notre Dame," the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Payton said. "I just talked to (assistant) coach (Mike) Denbrock a few days ago. He's been talking to me about taking two more receivers, and he really wants me to commit there."
Payton told IrishEyes.com last month he planned to make an official visit to campus, and that has not changed.
"I still plan on taking an official visit to Notre Dame," Payton said. "I really haven't looked at dates yet, but in the next couple of weeks I will."
Since announcing the de-commitment, Payton said his cell phone continues to ring off the hook as schools get involved, and reporters look for the story.
"It's been hectic, but I think I've handled it pretty well," Payton said. "I just have to continue forward and keep doing what I'm doing. Whenever I did it, I knew things would be pretty hectic for me."
And as for having a top three, or a favorite, or anything else in that vain, Payton said it is not true. But the schools who were recruiting Payton hard before he announced his de-commitment from USC continue to recruit him had, including the Arizona State, California, Oklahoma, Michigan and Notre Dame.
"I have a top five in my head, but I won't be saying it," Payton said. "It wouldn't be right of me to say it because the next day it could change. I have an idea of the schools I like, but I don't have a top three."
So, when will a decision come?
"I'm going to wait until the time is right, which sounds pretty cheesy to say," Payton said. "My coach wants me to make it in the next month, but I don't know if I can do that. In a couple of weeks I'll have an idea where I will take all my official visits to, and narrow it down there and then make a decision."