Nebraska picks up pledge from 2021 LB out of Miami
Scott Frost continues to make the Miami area a priority on the recruiting front.
Nebraska picked up a verbal pledge from 2021 three-star linebacker Patrick Payton out of Miami, Florida on Friday. He became the sixth member of the Huskers’ 2021 class and is the first prospect out of Florida to commit to Frost and his staff. Payton held offers from 10 other programs.
The announcement of Payton’s commitment came via Twitter. The linebacker kept the message short, saying “Blessed to say I’m committed to the University of Nebraska.”
Blessed To Say Im Committed To The University Of Nebraska 🙏🏽📍 @coach_frost @CoachChinander @CoachTFisher @coachdawsgbr @CoachVerne @247Sports @Andrew_Ivins pic.twitter.com/YsgkVlhHmS
— Pat Payton🥀 (@PatPayton6) May 1, 2020
Payton is listed as one of the top 500 prospects in the 2021 class, coming in at No. 454 overall. He’s listed as one of the top 75 players out of the state of Florida and is the No. 30 outside linebacker of the cycle.
Following the 2019 high school season, Payton was named to the Miami Herald All-Dade first-team after registered 17.5 sacks on the year. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound backer was also named a top performer at the Legend’s Football All-Junior Showcase by 247Sports.
In addition to Nebraska, Payton received offers from Miami, Louisville, Mississippi State, Kansas, Florida State, Georgia, UCF, Pitt and Penn State.
Nebraska had a strong presence in the Miami area during the 2020 recruiting cycle. The Huskers were able to get four commitments from that area, really bolstering that class.