Still A Package Deal?

Ever since we first started covering the Payton twins, Bryan and Jeremy out of Covina (Calif.) South Hills, the word was the two would be a package deal and play college ball together. With one twin being recruited more heavily than the other, that may no longer be the case.

Both Bryan and Jeremy are similar in size at 6-1, 180 pounds and are tremendous talents. They have the ability to play corner or safety in college and helped lead South Hills to the Division VII CIF championship a year ago.

Bryan is the more talented of the two and earned All-State 1st team honors a year ago after totaling 11 interceptions.

"He's a little more athletic than Jeremy and more of a physical player," South Hills head coach Steve Bogan said. "Jeremy can be physical too and will lay you out but Bryan lives for that. He's always looking for that kill shot and is down right nasty on the field."

Jeremy is no slouch at all and earned 2nd team All-State honors a year ago after totaling eight interceptions. The two are being recruited by just about every top school out West although Bryan is hearing from a few more schools.

"Oregon State has offered both players and UCLA just offered Bryan in the last week," South Hills assistant coach Mike Ryan said. "Last year they were kind of thinking package deal, but they have both talked with each other as well as with their Dad and Coach Bogan and realize this may not be possible.

"They could go their own ways and it is probably a good thing in that it will allow them to grow into their own more as indivuduals. It will be interesting to see what happens."

Along with the two schools that have offered, the twins are also looking at Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Colorado.

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