Extra Point: Payton Backs Off USC Pledge, Could The Gators Keep Him Closer To Home?

Four star receiver and former Gator commit Tristan Payton backed off his USC pledge via Twitter on Friday. Could the Gators become the favorites once again?

Four star receiver and former Gator commit Tristan Payton backed off his USC pledge via Twitter on Friday. Could the Gators become the favorites once again?

Four star wide receiver Tristan Payton (6-0 182) from Jacksonville (FL) First Coast decommitted from the USC Trojans today via Twitter.

It’s always questionable when a commit backs out this late in the recruiting cycle. For a recruit who appeared to be very content with his Trojan opportunity, it’s highly suspicious.

The last few weeks of the cycle are the recruiting “silly season” where many long time commits find themselves on the outside looking in as classes fill up and they get bumped out. It’s the inconvenient truth of college football recruiting.

Of course, I’m not trying to imply that this is the case here but it is curious that he would back off his USC pledge so late in the cycle.

Perhaps these tweets from Payton offer some insight:

Sounds like for whatever reason, USC may have stopped recruiting him or pushed him out altogether.

Perhaps this tweet from the InsideUSC Twitter account can provide more insight:

So there you go. Perhaps the Trojans staff felt like they had better talent on board or maybe they felt Payton wasn’t fully committed and might decommit. Regardless, Payton is back on the board.

Could the Gators, to whom he was originally committed, get back in on this recruitment despite a wholesale staff change?

Quite possible. The Gators are definitely in need of offensive playmakers particularly at receiver and they would like to take two more receivers this cycle (Khalif Jackson is already enrolled).

With Derrick Dillon wavering on his Florida commitment and Van Jefferson becoming less likely by the day, the Gators would likely be happy if they could reel in Ryan Davis, who is visiting this weekend, and Payton.

Tristan is visiting Central Florida this weekend but sources say the Gators are squarely in the mix.

It will be interesting to see what develops after this weekend’s visit to UCF and if he takes a visit to Gainesville next weekend.

Stay tuned.

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