The University of Miami has always been known as an NFL factory. The U is also known for its recruiting prowess, labeling all of Florida “the state of the U.” Currently, the Hurricanes hold the number 10 recruiting class in the country for the 2019 class. One big reason for that is Fletcher High School wide receiver commit Jeremiah Payton. The Jacksonville Beach, Florida, native is labeled a consensus 4 star recruit and is the 53rd and 57th best prospect in the country, according to ESPN and 24/7 sports respectively. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Jeremiah and talk shop.
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Payton comes from a family of athletes. When asked what he has learned from his older brother, a DB at UCF, Jeremiah had this to offer:
What I’ve learned from my brother is basically just go in and give it your all and never give up because that isn’t an option.
In addition to Miami, Payton holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, USC, among many others. Payton listed these as some of the reasons for picking the Canes over other powerhouses:
What made the University of Miami stick out so much was the trust and the bond I built with the coaching staff and just being comfortable and feeling that I am wanted.
For Miami fans who may not have had the chance to see Payton’s game yet, he had this to say about his strengths and a pro comparison:
My strengths are being physical, and just being the playmaker I am always having the chance to make a play wherever you put me on the field, and Julio Jones but a tad more shiftier in open field.
With one year left of high school, I asked Jeremiah what his goals are for his senior season at Fletcher High School (also my alma mater)
My goals for my senior year is end healthy and just continue my road to college and bigger things.
Miami has produced many NFL wide receivers, from Andre Johnson to Santana Moss. Payton hopes to be the next one in the line of great Miami receivers. I asked Payton what his goals are for his time in Coral Gables:
My goals for my college career at Miami is win a national championship and enter the draft as a 3 year grad.
As you can see here, Payton is an incredibly gifted athlete who excels at any spot you put him on the field. Miami has big goals for the next few years, after going 10-3 last season and reaching the ACC Championship Game. Mark Richt and company hope to to take the next leap and play in the college football playoff. Players of Payton’s caliber, combined with his hardworking demeanor are just the type of guys to take them there.