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Incoming Freshman: Top WRs/TEs

Covering college football as I do takes 52 weeks a year as it is and while I personally do not scout the high school games and rate each player I do compile my rankings based on the many different recruiting services across the country that follow and scout HS football year round. I not only like to use all of the biggest and best services, but I also use regional reports as well. The colleges themselves use many of these services to get the latest information on recruits.

When we receive a recruiting magazine, we translate each player’s ranking into a points system from 1-100 and then log each and every player into the computer and give them a point total from each source. Naturally, the more they are mentioned and the higher they are rated by each publication, the more total points they accrue. After months of entering all of this information, I sort the list by position and by total points and then rank the players from most points to least.

In today’s blog I have included the top incoming freshman WRs and TEs for 2010. Each one of these players is ranked in the Top 500 prospects regardless of position and will appear in my preseason magazine. I have also posted the top individual classes for each position. Since we want the college preview to continue to be the most in-depth and accurate magazine out there, if you find any information that is wrong or if you are questioning a player’s ranking please contact brandon@philsteele.com. In Friday’s Blog I will post the top OL and DL.

Top Incoming Freshman WRs

 

Rank Name Ht Wt Speed School
1 Kyle Prater 6-4 205 4.55 USC
2 Robert Woods 6-1 170 4.45 USC
3 Dillon Baxter 6-0 205 4.4 USC
4 Darius White 6-4 195 4.6 Texas
5 Da’Rick Rogers 6-2 207 4.4 Tennessee
6 Trovon Reed 6-0 175 4.55 Auburn
7 Markeith Ambles 6-2 185 4.6 USC
8 Justin McCay 6-4 200 4.5 Oklahoma
9 Demarco Cobbs 6-3 190 4.5 Texas
10 Christian Green 6-2 185 4.5 Florida St
11 Mike Davis 6-1 185 4.4 Texas
12 Chris Dunkley 5-11 169 4.45 Florida
13 Ivan McCartney 6-1 170 4.55 West Virginia
14 Kenny Stills 6-2 180 4.3 Oklahoma
15 Justin Hunter 6-4 170 4.5 Tennessee
16 Adrian Coxson 6-2 194 4.45 Florida
17 Chris Jones 6-0 170 4.45 Texas
18 DeAndrew White 6-0 165 4.4 Alabama
19 Martavis Bryant 6-4 190 4.4 Clemson
20 Tai-ler Jones 6-0 184 4.5 Notre Dame
21 Kadron Boone 6-1 190 4.55 LSU
22 Shakim Phillips 6-2 198 4.55 Boston College
23 Deandre Hopkins 6-2 170 4.5 Clemson
24 Dyjuan Lewis 6-3 190 4.5 Cincinnati
25 Marcus Lucas 6-4 195 4.5 Missouri
26 Keanon Lowe 5-10 172 4.4 Oregon
27 Ricardo Miller 6-2 210 4.5 Michigan
28 Paul Richardson 6-1 175 4.5 UCLA
29 Kenny Shaw 5-11 155 4.5 Florida St
30 Ross Apo 6-2 190 4.55 BYU
31 Keiwone Malone 6-1 168 4.4 Alabama
32 James Louis 5-11 185 4.45 Ohio St
33 Vincent Sanders 6-2 185 4.6 Mississippi
34 Jeremy Richardson 6-4 220 4.55 Auburn
35 Brandon Coleman 6-6 200 4.5 Rutgers
36 Alex Kenney 6-0 194 4.35 Penn St
37 Solomon Patton 5-8 175 4.4 Florida
38 Michaelee Harris 6-0 175 4.55 Louisville
39 Antonio Goodwin 6-1 170 4.5 Auburn
40 Keeston Terry 6-2 180 4.5 Kansas
41 Jerald Robinson 6-2 175 4.5 Michigan
42 Deon Long 6-1 205 4.5 West Virginia
43 De’Joshua Johnson 5-10 150 4.41 Florida St
44 Ted Meline 6-2 170 4.4 Tennessee
45 John Harris 6-2 287 4.65 Texas
46 Matt Milton 6-6 192 4.6 Tennessee
47 Quinton Dunbar 6-3 175 4.6 Florida
48 Tevin Carter 5-9 220 4.5 California
49 Bennett Jackson 6-0 168 4.5 Notre Dame
50 Greg Dent 6-0 175 4.6 Florida St
51 Joshua Harper 6-1 175 4.5 Fresno St
52 James Green 6-2 200 4.5 Toledo
53 Robert Johnson 6-0 196 4.55 Mississippi St
54 Jeremy Jackson 6-4 200 4.55 Michigan
55 Jarrett Fobbs 6-0 185 4.5 LSU
56 Shain Kitchens 6-3 212 4.6 Auburn
57 Ronald Carswell 6-0 180 4.5 Alabama
58 Andrew Carswell 6-4 205 4.65 Pittsburgh
59 Kenneth Scott 6-2 198 4.6 Utah
60 Tyrone Williams 6-6 215 4.6 Ohio St
61 Daniel Smith 6-4 205 4.55 Notre Dame
62 James Wright 6-2 195 4.5 LSU
63 Salath Williams 6-4 185 4.55 Pittsburgh
64 Joe Powell 5-11 175 4.55 Oklahoma
65 Jordan Thomas 6-1 190 4.45 Rutgers
66 Jarred Haggins 6-0 180 4.55 Florida St
67 Matt James 6-4 203 4.6 Wake Forest
68 Jimmie Hunt 6-1 195 4.5 Missouri
69 Tony Jones 6-1 180 4.5 Northwestern
70 Michael Bennett 6-3 185 4.55 Georgia

Top WR Classes

1. USC-How can the team with the top three WRs and the #7 WR not be ranked #1? The Trojans welcome four of the best WRs in the country led by the #1 Kyle Prater who had 1151 receiving yds and 13 TDs his senior season. #2 WR Robert Woods had 1112 receiving yds and 15 TDs last year. #3 WR Dillon Baxter is a versatile playmaker who may move to RB. #7 Markeith Ambles was also a DB in High School and a standout return specialist.

2. Texas-Amazingly the NCAA did not grant Jordan Shipley a 7th year of eligibility so the Longhorns went out and signed five highly touted WRs including #4 Darius White who was a standout in the Under Armour All-American game with 2 TDs. #9 Demarco Cobbs was the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year and played several positions in HS (QB, RB, WR, S, KR). #11 Mike Davis was 1st team All-Texas and had 1157 receiving yds (24.1) and 19 TDs is senior year.

3. Tennessee-Despite the late coaching change, the Volunteers signed a great group of highly touted WRs led by #5 Da’Rick Rogers who had 1641 receiving yds and 22 TDs as a senior setting the Georgia state record for single season receiving yds. The Vols also welcome #15 Justin Hunter who was a Under Armour All-American.

4. Florida-The Gators signed four top 50 WRs led by speedy #12 WR Chris Dunkley who was an Under Armour All-American. Florida also welcomes #16 Adrian Coxson who was a Wildcat QB as a senior in HS and will move to WR at the college level.

5. Oklahoma-The Sooners signed 5 top 100 WRs including two very highly touted WRs in #8 Justin McCay and #14 Kenny Stills. McCay was 1st-team All-Kansas with 920 rec yds (20.1) and 15 TDs as a senior. Stills enrolled in January and has a chance to compete for the #3 WR role thanks to his great speed.

Top Incoming Freshman TEs

 

Rank Name Ht Wt Speed School
1 Xavier Grimble 6-6 245 4.6 USC
2 Gerald Christian 6-3 200 4.8 Florida
3 CJ Fiedorowicz 6-7 240 4.55 Iowa
4 Curtis White 6-5 240 4.7 Oregon
5 Christian Thomas 6-3 235 4.6 USC
6 Travis Dickson 6-3 228 4.7 LSU
7 Randall Telfer 6-4 217 4.7 USC
8 Blake Barker 6-5 230 4.75 Harvard
9 Brian Vogler 6-7 250 4.7 Alabama
10 Alex Welch 6-5 225 4.8 Notre Dame
11 Kevin Haplea 6-4 240 4.75 Penn St
12 Alex Smith 6-5 225 4.7 Kentucky
13 Darius Terrell 6-3 208 4.55 Texas
14 Jerome Lewis 6-4 232 4.75 Virginia Tech
15 Sean Fitzpatrick 6-6 220 4.7 North Carolina
16 Dakota Mosley 6-4 253 4.8 Auburn
17 Josh Fulton 6-4 230 4.9 Arizona St
18 Aaron Dunn 6-6 220 4.75 Washington St
19 Trey Millard 6-2 240 4.5 Oklahoma

Top TE Classes

1. USC-The Trojans signed three of the top TEs in the country led by #1 Xavier Grimble who was a Parade All-American and a standout basketball player in Nevada. #5 Christian Thomas had 674 receiving yds his senior season while being named 1st team all-division and #7 Randall Telfer was 2nd-tm All-California after having 905 receiving yds as a senior.

2. LSU-The Tigers welcome two highly touted TEs in Travis Dickson and Nic Jacobs. Travis is a Under Armour All-American and younger brother of Richard Dickson who was the starting TE for LSU last year. Jacobs is a dominant run blocker that also played DE in HS.

3. Florida-Aaron Hernandez left early for the NFL so the Gators signed two top TEs in Gerald Christian and Michael McFarland. Christian was a Army All-American and is currently participating in spring practice while McFarland is expected to grayshirt to add muscle and speed this year.

4. Alabama-The Tide lose starter Colin Peek but welcome #9 TE Brian Vogler who was 1st-team all-Georgia as a senior. Alabama also signed Harrison Jones who is the brother of starting OG Barrett Jones.

5. Oklahoma-The Sooners signed two top TEs in Trey Millard and Austin Haywood. Millard can play both TE or H-Back while Haywood was named the Oklahoma 6A-1 Offensive player of the year.

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  • True Story

    where is Austin Haywood on this list??? he is one of the top tight ends in the country yet he doesn't make this top 20? you even mentioned him Phil! ugh im mad now.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    True,
    Haywood is one of the more interesting incoming frosh. While SuperPrep, Rivals and Scout are all high on him; Tom Lemming, Prep Star and G&W did not rank him very high at all. Remember I use all the biggest and best recruiting services in my rankings and the players ahead of him on avg were rated higher on all the services and not just a select few. Thanks for the feedback, Phil

  • http://www.blockonation.com HD

    Hey Phil,

    I can somewhat understand why 6'7″ Tyrone Williams (Ohio State) is ranked down at #60 (or I at least assume it's because of the knee injury he suffered in 2008 as a h.s. junior) but I believe he will be a superstar within a couple of seasons, and he could very well outplay James Louis, whom you have ranked at #32 – From everything I've heard, he was promised when he committed that he would not be moved to TE, but that he would play WR no matter how much taller he gets. He has been projected to possibly grow another 2-3 inches by one of his doctors, which would make him 6'9″ or 6'10″ – What a potential huge and unstoppable target and touchdown machine, especially when the Bucks get in the redzone!

  • http://www.blockonation.com HD

    Hey Phil,

    I can somewhat understand why 6'7″ Tyrone Williams (Ohio State) is ranked down at #60 (or I at least assume it's because of the knee injury he suffered in 2008 as a h.s. junior) but I believe he will be a superstar within a couple of seasons, and he could very well outplay James Louis, whom you have ranked at #32 – From everything I've heard, he was promised when he committed that he would not be moved to TE, but that he would play WR no matter how much taller he gets. He has been projected to possibly grow another 2-3 inches by one of his doctors, which would make him 6'9″ or 6'10″ – What a potential huge and unstoppable target and touchdown machine, especially when the Bucks get in the redzone!