Oaks Christian HS's (CA) Jordan Payton might be the best junior wide receiver in the country. Committing to USC before the start of his 2010 season, Payton is the perfect receiver. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, he has good size, but even better speed and acceleration.
"The offense is intriguing," said Payton to PonyStampede.com. "You can catch a lot of balls in it.
"Right now, I'm being very selective on what schools I talk to. SMU is definitely a school I'm talking with. I would love to take a trip there and have Coach Klemm show me what it's all about...You can tell SMU fans that I'm definitely interested."
Missing half of the 2010 season due to injury, his stats don't stand out. When you watch film, he does. In 2009 as a sophomore, he recorded 45 catches for 1,088 yards and 18 touchdowns, setting the new Oaks Christian record for touchdowns and yards in a season for a receiver.
While some of Coach Klemm's California recruits have not always known where SMU is right off the bat, Payton knew about the program before SMU reached out with an offer.
"I watched the 30-for-30 and learned a few things about SMU then. Until then, I really don't know much about it, besides the fact that a lot of kids from my school go there," said Payton. "I worked out with Emmanuel Sanders a lot last spring before the draft and he helped me a lot with my game.
"Conner Preston and I have grown up in the same city, we know the same people, and sort of have the same tastes. He turned down some big time offers to go to SMU and that was huge. I see why he did it. It was so he could throw the ball in that offense and get to the next level...When I first committed to USC, I told all the reporters that I'm still going to go out and look and see the country. I want to see Dallas and see what SMU has to offer."
Payton has not set up an immediate visit to Dallas, but does sound sincere in his wishes to visit SMU. Stay with PonyStampede.com as we continue to introduce SMU fans to the Mustangs top 2012 targets.