L.C. Bird WR Jaden Payoute (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
recruit804 Fab 30: Jaden Payoute WR/DB L.C. Bird #10
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Speed at any position on football field creates an instant mismatch, especially when you’re a wide receiver matching up against a defensive back that plays better zone coverage than he does man-to-man. A matchup like the one previously described is one that I’d go to every single offensive series until the defensive back proved he could run foot-for- foot with my wide receiver. Some the fastest wide receivers in college football history have been able to use their speed to exploit an entire defensive including: Joey Galloway, Kevin Curtis, John Ross, Donte Stallworth, Tavon Austin, Randy Moss and Laveranues Coles.
L.C. Bird has a wide receiver in Jaden Payoute that has continued to use his speed to separate both from defensive backs and his opponents on the track. At the beginning of June, Payoute helped lead the Skyhawks to a Division 5A track outdoor state title completing a sweep after winning the Division 5A indoor track state title in late February. He’s also preparing for a senior season in which L.C. Bird will be aiming to insert themselves back into the Division 5B football state title hunt.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the city of Richmond. Continuing our countdown as the 10th best senior prospect region-wide is L.C. Bird starting wide receiver Jaden Payoute.
#10 Jaden Payoute (2019 WR 6-3 190) – L.C. Bird High School
Jaden Payoute is one of the longest tenure and hardest working players on the Skyhawks’ roster. He’s been around L.C. Bird since his eighth grade year so he knows what goes into being able to line up in a Skyhawks uniform each and every Friday night. Payoute started out playing quarterback before making a seamless transition to wide receiver and defensive back. He had to learn how to have a positive attitude during his freshman and sophomore years because playing time didn’t come at a premium. It wasn’t until his junior year that he began to make a monumental impact.
The New Jersey native enjoyed a great season last year which really showed through the amount of attention he was able to garner during the offseason. Payoute was able to take visits out to James Madison and Norfolk State before picking up his first collegiate offer from Campbell University in mid-April. Penn State received a visit from Payoute back in May and he was even seen at UVA with Chris Tyree, Hakeem Beamon, Ethan West and Immanuel Hickman. Before it was all said and done, from April to June he amassed a total of 18 offers including: Delaware, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, James Madison and Richmond.
However, it was Virginia Tech that made the greatest impression on Payoute sending him an offer back on June 5. On June 9, the L.C. Bird product took his first visit out to Blacksburg and by the very next day was ready to commit. “Honestly, Virginia Tech felt like home and family. I have a teammate up there right now and Coach Fuente has treated me well ever since I met him,” Payoute told recruit804 after committing in June.
– Brandon Mitchell
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Junior Season Highlights for Jaden Payoute: