Back in March of 2010 before his junior season, Scout.com four-star wide receiver, Jordan Payton out of Oaks Christian received the offer that he had been waiting for. The offer came from the USC Trojans and Payton wasted little time before committing to the Trojans.
Since then Payton has been on plenty of visits to other programs but remained committed to the Trojans. That all changed a few days ago when word broke that Payton decided to decommit from USC so he could explore his other options more. In fact, Payton says he decommitted about a week before word got out.
"The funny thing is I did it last week and I just brought it out on Friday," Payton said. "I wasn't supposed to tell anyone for a while and then someone found out and I was like, 'dang', you know. It's good, you know, I feel good and I'm just trying to learn more about other schools and explore my options."
Recently, Payton told Whitney Blaine of Scout.com that Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida were his top three with USC still up there. The 6-foot-2 and 205-pound receiver states that those three aren't actually his top three but are in the running for his services.
"Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida I wouldn't say is my top three but I really have a overall (list of) schools that I like, like California, ASU and then they (Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida) were in there," Payton explained. "So, they are all in the running and in the race."
Payton is definitely interested in what the Sooners have to offer and even stated the Sooners famous saying that is displayed on the jumbo tron in the Sooners pregame video before home game kickoffs.
"There's only one (Oklahoma)," Payton said with a smile on his face. "They're great guys down there and they win. That's big, you know what I mean, that's real big. They produce receivers and they throw the ball, they score. So, what more could you ask for as a receiver. I love it. I love the coach and things are going well with them."
Payton hasn't spoken on the phone with receivers coach, Jay Norvell, in a while but the co-offensive coordinator has still stayed in contact with Payton in other ways.
"I haven't spoke to them on the phone in a couple of weeks but these hand written letters I guess you could say basically like seeing how I am doing and everything. Things are going well. I plan on taking an official down there during the season and catch a game," Payton said.
Payton, who last season finished the year with 61-catches for 907-yards and ten-touchdowns despite missing two games says he will take his first official visit to Arkansas.
USC is not out of the picture with Payton even though he decommitted. The Trojan staff has let him Payton know that they would like for him to come visit so that they can talk about everything.
"Of course," Payton said about USC still being in the race. "I'd be lying to you if I said no. They're hometown so it's comfortable. They want me to come down there and talk to them in a few weeks so we will see how that goes."
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