Payton, a late addition and sleeper prospect, will add depth to Ole Miss' wide receiver rotation

When evaluating sleeper Ole Miss signee, JaVonta Payton out of Nashville, Tenn., one can help but be reminded of a current Rebel receiver.

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JaVonta Payton
Nashville, Tenn.
6-foot-1, 175
Signed with Ole Miss over Tennessee, Purdue and Georgia Tech Ranking: No. 220 overall WR evaluation: One name that consistently emerges when discussing Payton with Ole Miss sources current Rebel slot receiver Van Jefferson. Payton, like Jefferson, will report to Ole Miss on the skinny side, but Payton, like Jefferson, is long and runs precise routes. What we like about Payton's film is his ability to stick his foot in the ground and make hard cuts without slowing down. He also has the ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point -- impressive for a receiver that is 6-foot-1.

We suspect Payton will probably redshirt as a freshman, just as Jefferson and did in his debut season. Tre Nixon will get the first look. But, again, like Jefferson, once Payton gets a year in the weight room, watch out.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at


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