Just a day after the Rebels finalized their 2018 recruiting class, coach Matt Luke and Ole Miss earned a commitment from a highly-touted 2019 receiver: JaVonta Payton.
Payton committed to Ole Miss for the second time in his career on Thursday afternoon. He originally signed with the Rebels in the class of 2017 before going the JUCO route and landing at Northwest Mississippi.
I would like to thank god for giving me this opportunity & blessings me with the talent. I am committing to the University Of Mississippi. Thank you Ole Miss coaches, my coaches at Northwest & my parents in believing in me. HOTTY TODDY🔴🔵. @PeelsJP @CoachMattLuke pic.twitter.com/2KYlVDV57Z
— JaVonta Payton (@_Goldenburro) February 8, 2018
Payton was his team’s second-leading receiver as a freshman in 2017, catching 44 passes for 509 yards and a team-high 9 touchdowns.
The Rebels now have seven commitments in their 2019 class, including three from the junior college ranks. 3-star prospect Jordan Jernigan is the only other receiver in the class at this point.
According to 247Sports composite team rankings, Ole Miss’ 2019 class is No. 14 in the country and No. 6 in the SEC. It’s extremely early, but those are solid numbers for Luke and his staff.