UPDATE: Jordan Payton signs his LOI to attend the UCLA Bruins.
Jordan Payton has had a dramatic recruitment process over the last couple of years. He originally committed to play college football at USC but later decided to re-open his commitment because USC could only accept 15 players in 2012 (sanctions).
This four-star prospect then continued to be recruited by the entire Pac-12 and more and announced a few weeks ago at the Army All-American bowl that he would play for the California Golden Bears. That was before his future wide-receiver coach at Cal, Eric Kiesau, decided to take a job for the Washington Huskies.
Payton was then once again left re-considering where he would play in college. The coach he wanted to play under was gone and now other schools were coming after him hard. Washington, UCLA, and Michigan entered the picture and Cal was doing it’s best to retain his commitment. However, in the end Coach Kiesau was able to get Payton to follow him to Washington.
Payton said the reason to become a Husky was mainly because of the coaching staff at UW. He wanted to play for those coaches and was excited for the opportunity. His final decision came down to Cal, Washington, Michigan, and UCLA.
He is listed as a four-star receiver (on both Scout and Rivals) out of Oaks Christian High School in California at 6’2, 200 pounds. He is a big-time pickup for the Huskies and helps them improve their 2012 recruiting rankings from what was already a big jump forward yesterday when the Huskies added Shaq Thompson.
There are still two more that the Huskies are looking to add today; Jaydon Mickens and Kenny Walker. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Kenny Walker said on his Facebook page that he will wait until tomorrow (Signing Day) to commit to a school. It is down to UCLA, Cal, and Washington.