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NEW MEXICO: An excellent speed rusher who is one of the most athletic linemen on the defense ... 
working to add weight to his frame to make him more durable next fall ... coaches love his potential ...  limited in spring practice because of injuries but will be 100 percent ready to go in the fall.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Played in one game at UTEP.

2012 (FRESHMAN): Played in five games during the season as a backup defensive tackle and nose tackle.

HIGH SCHOOL: A Texas 11-4A first-team selection for Pinkston High School and coach Gerald Jones in 2011 ... had more than 80 tackles and 30 tackles for loss his senior season, garnering team defensive MVP honors as well ... only played two years of high school football, lettering in basketball for four seasons ... Jones said he is a team leader who takes charge, "a type of guy who gets his teammates motivated."

PERSONAL: Born March 9, 1994 in Dallas, Texas .. .full name is Payton Delmon Hightower...son of Sonya Scott ... has one younger brother, Kevin ... an honor roll student at Pinkston.