"I need to explore all my options and with the lack of scholarships that USC has I didn't want to be unfair to them," Payton told Scout.
Payton said he will first take an official visit to Arkansas then is not sure where else he will travel to.
Currently Payton is playing in a 7on7 in Dallas. Various sources have stated that he has opened up his choices, and will visit some of the other schools that have offered.
The four-star receiver (6-2, 205) was recently a standout at the Big Man on Campus 7on7 and one in Saugus. In Saugus, his college-ready body stood out among the field and at the BMOC, his play was on par or better than the other elite players.
Payton caught 61 passes for 840 yards and nine touchdowns for the Lions last season. Scout lists him as the fifth best receiver in the nation.
Two other receivers, Jaydon Mickens and Darreus Rogers, have committed to USC for the 2012 season.