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Fast-Rising Athlete Jaden Payoute Commits to the Hokies

The Hokies added another in-state star on Sunday, as breakout track and football star Jaden Payoute committed to Virginia Tech.

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So a couple weeks ago a new athlete burst onto the scene in the state of Virginia. In fact, only one of the three major recruiting services has him ranked at all. Rivals has him as an unranked wide receiver. ESPN doesn’t even have a profile on him. But Jaden Payoute sure got the attention of a bunch of coaching staffs and 247sports here recently, rocketing up the boards from unranked to, well, second overall ranked recruit in the state.

Talk about a gearshift.

So now, as you can see, 247sports has Payoute the number two prospect in Virginia, the 11th rated athlete in the nation, and the 129th overall player in the whole country. That’s a far way to come in a short time. But the big thing is Payoute is FAST. He ran a sub 4.4 40-yard dash at a Virginia Tech camp and earned a scholarship immediately. He ran a 10.67 100-meter dash to win the championship for the state of Virginia. By the way, that’s pretty quick. It’s not close to world record quick, but this is a high schooler not focusing directly on track. That’s amazing. Either way, the Hokies were pretty quick with the offer, but they’re not the only ones that were suddenly gunning for Payoute. Pitt offered before the Hokies, and after the Hokies came Tennessee, Delaware, Cincinnati, Boston College, Illinois, and others will likely come down the pike even since he committed. A former teammate of current Hokie Rayshard Ashby, Payoute is from L.C. Bird in Chesterfield.

Either way, this is the Hokies’ fourth Virginia commitment, joining Cam’Ron Kelly, Jesse Hanson, and Jahad Carter. He’s- at least per 247 ratings- the second highest ranked recruit in the class, and is an impressive add. Digging up guys that suddenly rocket up the boards is a good bit of luck to have.

Let’s take a look at the film.

Jaden Payoute (6’-3”, 195lbs. Chesterfield, VA. Athlete)

Well, the speed is obvious- he’d be a target for 9 (Go) routes all day if he stuck to offense. I’ll give him credit, too: he’s not just out there being track-guy-playing-football. He actually has some physicality to him and will both come up and make tackles and blocks. His ball skills are pretty decent, and he’s pretty solid on both run support and in coverage. Overall he’s quite the versatile specimen and makes a great addition to the class.

Welcome to Blacksburg, Jaden!