Jordan Payton to UCLA: Following the Flip-Flopping from Cal Onward

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Jordan Payton to UCLA: Following the Flip-Flopping from Cal Onward
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It was an odd journey for Jordan Payton, wasn't it?

A wide receiver ranked 15th nationally at his position by both Scout and Rivals, the kid whose first name is reminiscent of basketball's all-time greatest player and whose last name brings to mind  arguably football's all-time best tailback committed to two different schools before finally deciding on UCLA.

After all of the fuss he caused, the 6'2", 199-pound Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian product had better be worth it in part because his actions have helped raise questions about the use of the word "commitment" to label recruits.

"A kid commits, it doesn't slow anything down," Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell told the Los Angeles Times. "There is no such thing as your word anymore. I’m so mad at the situation. (Payton) shares some of the blame, but it’s not 100 percent on his shoulders. It’s the whole recruiting situation. It’s not fair on the players. It’s not fair on the coaches."

Here is a look at the long and winding road he took to Westwood.

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