The twin brothers from West Covina South Hills, <b>Bryan</b> and <b>Jeremy Payton</b>, are considered among the best athletes in the class of 2004. It's early, but they have a pretty solid idea of the colleges they prefer...
Bryan Payton and Jeremy Payton, both 6-1, 185, West Covina (Calif.) South Hills, are considered among the best athletes in the 2004 class on the west coast.
Last spring at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, Bryan ran a 4.47 40 while Jeremy clocked a 4.59.
Last season as juniors, the two led their South Hills team to the Division VII CIF championship. They played both ways, as wide receivers and defensive backs, with Bryan collecting 11 interceptions and Jeremy snagging 8. Bryan was named to the Cal-Hi All-State Underclass First Team, and Jeremy made the Second Team. Bryan prefers playing cornerback, while Jeremy likes wide receiver, even though Bryan said that Jeremy is open to playing cornerback also in college. They're both known for their aggressive style of play.
Because of their exploits, and rep as good athletes, they're getting plenty of early recruiting attention. "We're hearing from over a dozen schools pretty consistently," Bryan said. "We're hearing from all of the Pac-10 schools."
Bryan said that he and his brother have some pretty solid early favorites. "It's Oregon and UCLA, and probably Colorado," Bryan said. "But it's probably mostly Oregon and UCLA. And if I had to pick a favorite right now it's probably Oregon."
Bryan said that he and his brother just took an unofficial visit to Oregon for the Ducks' junior day last weekend. "The atmosphere there is great, and they have nice facilities. It's also a chance to get away from L.A."
But UCLA has been a longtime favorite for the twins, and the Bruins will be a big player in their recruitment, according to Bryan. "UCLA was really the first school to give my brother and me a chance. And they've stayed with us, even with the coaching change. They've been very consistent. And it's a great school. I've spoken with a couple of the new coaches and we plan on going to their junior day and visiting spring practice."
Bryan said he and his brother are a package deal, wanting to go to the same school together. "We've always thought we'd go to the same place and there's no reason why not."
There are a few factors that might consider into the Paytons' eventual decision. "A good education is important," Bryan said. "We'll look at staying close to home. It might be a little bit of a factor, but maybe not much. My parents say it's up to us, even though I think my dad prefers that we stay close to home. He wants us to go to UCLA or Oregon."
Their spring plans are to attend the Los Angeles Nike Camp April 6th, and then possibly some other school camps. The twins also will take the SAT for the first time this spring, while maintaining a GPA above 3.0 Bryan said.
But Bryan said he and his brother don't expect that they'd take a long time in making a decision on which college they'll attend in 2004. "We would want to take some official visits, but I probably want to give a commitment rather early. Like around October."