Jordan Payton had never been to the USC-Notre Dame game before so this past weekend was special for the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian wide receiver who's been committed to the Trojans since March even though they lost.
"I enjoyed it," Payton said. "I always enjoy going to the Coliseum and the atmosphere and all that happens there. It was great to see the rivalry. I've never been to a Notre Dame-USC game. That was my first time. I had a tremendous experience."
It's been a frustrating season for USC fans and its commits including Payton, who has watched the Trojans be competitive in numerous games only to end up losing. USC is 7-5 heading into its season finale against UCLA this weekend.
"They have all the components to be the best team in the country," Payton said. "They're just a little inconsistent on the offensive side and the defensive side and you can't win games that way.
"They showed signs of being a tremendous team, beating Arizona and almost beating Stanford."
Payton has stayed true to his USC commitment - and said he considers the coaching staff like a second family - even though numerous programs are still trying to sway him away from his pledge.
Cal has tried to make the most in-roads and the 6-foot-2, 199-pound prospect was expected to make a visit to Berkeley this season but couldn't make the trip.
Payton said the Golden Bears have three coaches recruiting him. UCLA, Arizona State and pretty much the rest of the Pac-10 is on him as well.
Even though Payton remains firmly committed to the Trojans, don't be surprised if he takes some official visits next season. He has already taken an unofficial visit to Arizona State and could see other places before next National Signing Day.
"I'm thinking I'm going to take some visits but I'm solid to USC," Payton said.