The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Payton wasn't able to meet with the Irish last week, and he said he is in the process of deciding whether South Bend, Ind., is too far from home for him to attend college.
"I couldn't meet with them last week and I'm going to make my decision at the U.S. Army game (Jan. 7), so we'll see," Payton said.
Because of the time frame, and since there are only a few days after the dead period ends before Payton announces in San Antonio, is it possible for Notre Dame to still visit Payton?
"I don't know how much time is left after (the dead period)," he said.
However, Payton did speak with the Irish staff as Notre Dame tries to hang in with Payton, but it doesn't look good since it is a dead period.
"We talked last week," Payton said. "I've kind of narrowed things down to other schools so we're trying to figure things out."
So, is Notre Dame still in the mix?
"I'll know in a couple of days," he said. "I'm still talking to my family."
While Payton didn't want to give away everything, it is no coincidence the Irish have increased its recruitment of receiver Jordan Westerkamp, a Nebraska commit from Montini Catholic High in Lombard, Ill.