• NC State
  • NC State Wolfpack
    Signed - 12/20/2023

Jonathan Paylor

  • Pos ATH
  • Height 5-9.5
  • Weight 170

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  • High School Hugh M Cummings
  • City Burlington, NC
  • Class 2024
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2 evaluations

Evaluated 08/04/2023

Brian Dohn National Recruiting Analyst


4-7 Round Day 3

Reminds Us Of

Jerick McKinnon San Francisco 49ers

Possesses elite speed and can impact the game in a variety of areas, including as a pass catcher and in the return game in addition to running the ball out of the backfield. Shows big-play ability playing in a smaller classification in North Carolina and averaged more than 17 yards per offensive touch as a junior. Verified size with elite speed and burst. Won state titles in 100, 200 and 400 meters as a sophomore and ran the 100 meters in 10.65 seconds as a junior. Covers first 10 yards in less than 1.7 seconds and has verified 40-yard dash in los 4.4s. Strong build make Paylor difficult to bring down on first contact. Speed translates well onto football field. Gets through the hole in a flash and is difficult to run down in the open field. High character person with high football IQ. Shows versatility by lining up in the backfield and in the slot. Has vision and can cut at a high rate of speed. Acceleration is off the charts. Patient runner who knows how to set up blocks. Runs balanced and with purpose. Is comfortable running between the tackles and has the speed to get outside. Showed improved ball-catching skills as a junior and during an in-person evaluation in the spring. Is able to high-point it and will go up in traffic to make a catch. Complete player who is a willing blocker in the passing game. Shows some elusiveness. Size is a concern when it comes to work load out of the backfield. Does not have a ton of room for physical development with his frame. Can play early at a Top 20 program and has NFL draft potential.

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H.S. Athletic Background

Also competes in track and field.
Posted a personal best of 6.41 in the 55 meters during the 2023 winter track season
2022: Was prolific during his 12-game junior season. He rushed for 1,054 yards and 17 touchdowns on 77 carries, caught 27 passes for 725 yards and five touchdowns and he surpassed 300 yards in return yardage.
Defensively, he had 18 tackles and intercepted three passes.
2021: Carried 68 times for 655 yards and five touchdowns, and caught 42 passes for 936 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games. Also made seven tackles on defense.
2020: In seven games had 438 yards and four touchdowns on 60 carries. Caught 36 passes for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns.
--Brian Dohn

Won the North Carolina 2A state championships as a sophomore in the 100 (11.19) and 200 (21.96). Ran season-best times of 10.70 and 21.64. Ran several sub-11.00 100s in Spring 2022.
Ran a 10.77 100, a 21.84 200, and a 51.08 400 as a freshman.
- Gabe Brooks

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