Once again, the Trojans are zoning in on the state of Florida when it comes to football recruiting. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and receivers coach Tee Martin are leading the charge for former Florida wide receiver commit Tristan Payton, who is now considered a strong lean to USC.
As Adam Krohn of Rivals reports, he’ll be on campus next week for the second time in just over a month, with a decision looming:
— Adam Krohn (@AKRivals) July 28, 2014
Payton, a three-star receiver out of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, committed to Florida back in February, but officially de-committed last Monday.
As Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army wrote last week, the 6-foot, 187 pound Payton was a relative unknown when he committed to Florida, but started to gain traction this spring after doing the camping circuit.
Payton was one of several players to visit USC at the end of last month for the annual Rising Stars camp at Howard Jones Field.
The Trojans fell in love with him, tweeted Adam Gorney of Rivals last week, which could suggest that next week’s visit may ultimately seal the deal on Payton’s commitment to USC.
Should he verbally commit to the Trojans, they would have three receiver commits to the 2015 class, along with Desean Holmes and junior college transfer De’Quan Hampton.