Trip Report - Jordan Payton

Scout.com caught up with Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Jordan Payton, who is currently committed to California. But with the two recruiters responsible for getting him to Berkeley, Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau, now at Washington, Payton is giving the Huskies a hard look. He took an official visit to Seattle this past weekend. How did it go?

"It went great," Payton said. "I had a great time. I went up there with my family and they loved it. I loved it. It was just a phenomenal thing to see everything up there and just be there. I had a great time."

Payton's Washington player host was quarterback Keith Price. "He told me a lot about the whole school and what we could do together and all that stuff," Payton said.

Payton also took time to reunite with Lupoi and Kiesau. What were their words to Payton about their switch from Cal to Washington and the message they wanted to get across? "That football is a big part of the culture up there," he said. "At Cal you have so many things going on, football is kind of…it's kind of pushed aside. They said they feel very free in terms of how they could handle things as far as recruits. Just seems like the culture at Washington is very football-focused. And I've always wanted to play in a culture where kids look up to you and know who you are. So that's what they were telling me about what it's like up there."

Were there any highlights that stood out? Even though his name was chanted by the Dawg Pack during Washington's win over Stanford, that's not what he mentioned. "I learned a lot about the school, the business school," Payton said. "I learned a lot about Seattle. I had been up there before, but I didn't know a whole lot. I learned about the business school and how good of a school Washington really is. So that's what stood out to me."

Payton, while still considered a Cal Bear, has plenty to figure out between now and Signing Day, which is on Wednesday, February 1st. "Me and my family are going to talk tonight and tomorrow and figure it out," he said. "Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) and all them are coming on Saturday, so we'll see what happens."

Cal will be having an in-home with Payton Tuesday, and UCLA and Oregon are looking to also have in-home visits this week, but Payton wasn't sure when they would happen.

So in the final analysis, what is Payton looking for in a program? "Where I can play freshman year, early," he said. "And where I feel most comfortable at. Two of my guys who were recruiting me for Cal - things are kind of shaky. I'm still committed there, but it still makes things kind of weird how they left for Washington. Those are the two dudes I was most comfortable with, so being up at Washington made me feel like I was back at home with them."

So on a scale from 1-10, how did Payton rate his Washington official visit? "It was for sure a 9-10," he said. "It was a great visit."

Anything that could have taken it over the top? "Probably if my flight didn't get delayed," he added with a laugh.

Monday afternoon Scott Wolf, who covers the USC beat for the Los Angeles Daily News, reported via Twitter that Payton had verbally committed to Washington. "He is false, like always," Payton said matter-of-factly. "He's always like that. I love Washington, so it could happen. But I haven't committed yet."

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