And we have receiver number six in this class. Jordan Payton committed to the Golden Bears at the Army All-American game, picking Cal over Notre Dame and Michigan.
Payton decommitted from USC early on when it became clear the Trojans could not honor his commitment due to scholarship restrictions. He grew on the coaching staff of the Bears, favored Cal in the fall, started to explore the Midwest, but eventually warmed back to the idea of being another one of the many feature Cal wide receivers to shine on the field the next three-four years. He joins Bryce Treggs, Darius Powe, Cedric Dozier, Chris Harper, and Kenneth Walker as members of this class, and it gives Eric Kiesau a lot of young and promising talent he can mold into great receivers.
Welcome to Cal, Jordan. GO BEARS!
When you watch Payton's highlights, what immediately stands out are his excellent pair of hands. Payton does a great job of adjusting and reaching out for the ball and snaring them in his grasp even while moving on the run. He has the build and adjustment ability to be an excellent slot receiver to start off and catch balls down the middle, could also work in the short passing game with screens and swing passes, then hopefully develop into a great wideout who can run all the routes as he develops.
Tosh Lupoi was Payton's primary recruiter. Other programs that offered Payton outside of his top three and USC included Florida, Miami (FL), Oklahoma and Tennessee, along with ASU and UCLA.
Rankings are below.
- Rivals: 120th overall prospect, 20th best receiver, 19th best recruit in California
- 247Sports: 237th overall prospect, 26th best receiver, 28th best recruit in California
- ESPN: 25th best receiver, 21st best recruit in California
- Scout: 91st overall prospect, 13th best receiver
"We're about to get everybody," said Payton, with a big smile. "Yuri Wright from Don Bosco, he's going to take an official so he might come.
"It's just a domino effect. We love it. Me, Ellis, Shaq, we've been planning on it for the whole week. It's just amazing. We're all a big family. You can just see it. Ellis is like a big brother, Shaq's like a best friend.
"It's just great."