Payton would sign with Ole Miss coming out of high school, but he ended up at Northwest Mississippi Community College. During that time, he was offered and recruited by Jeremy Pruitt's staff before signing with Mississippi State in 2019. Now, Payton's career will continue at Tennessee, as he has announced his commitment to the Volunteers as a graduate transfer, following his entry into the transfer portal last month.
Josh Palmer was already starting to draw the attention of college football coaches while he was playing in Canada for his first two years of high school. Looking for one final boost, there was only one place to turn. Palmer moved to Florida, of course, and enrolled at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, where he played two more seasons to springboard himself to the Tennessee Volunteers.
Center Grove High School’s Tayven Jackson, one of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest, committed to Tennessee on Wednesday. Jackson, who helped the Trojans to a Class 6A state championship and 14-0 record as a junior last fall, said two weeks ago that he planned official visits to Tennessee (June 11-13), Arizona State (June 18-20) and UCLA (June 25-27) in June.