Posted by Bryan Fischer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton let it out via his Twitter account on Friday but put on the California hat at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to the Bears.
"I'll be going, for the next four years, to the University of California," Payton said. "I just felt most comfortable at Cal, I love everything about the school and the coaches."
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was USC's first commitment for the class of 2012 but opened things back up during the summer. He also considered Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA among other schools.
"He can stretch the field, shows sure hands, excellent speed, size and leaping ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "An athletic WR who can get in and out of his cuts quickly, runs precise routes, has the agility to change directions quickly, and has the burst and speed to get separation on the fastest of defenders. A go-to guy with the ability to become an impact offensive player in college."
The four-star is the number seven wide receiver and 81st overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Payton had 61 catches for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns and played safety and grabbed 40 tackles and two interceptions.