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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In Friday’s Blog I will post the top OL and DL.
Top Incoming Freshman WRs
|10||Christian Green||6-2||185||4.5||Florida St|
|13||Ivan McCartney||6-1||170||4.55||West Virginia|
|20||Tai-ler Jones||6-0||184||4.5||Notre Dame|
|22||Shakim Phillips||6-2||198||4.55||Boston College|
|29||Kenny Shaw||5-11||155||4.5||Florida St|
|32||James Louis||5-11||185||4.45||Ohio St|
|36||Alex Kenney||6-0||194||4.35||Penn St|
|42||Deon Long||6-1||205||4.5||West Virginia|
|43||De’Joshua Johnson||5-10||150||4.41||Florida St|
|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|
|53||Robert Johnson||6-0||196||4.55||Mississippi St|
|60||Tyrone Williams||6-6||215||4.6||Ohio St|
|61||Daniel Smith||6-4||205||4.55||Notre Dame|
|66||Jarred Haggins||6-0||180||4.55||Florida St|
|67||Matt James||6-4||203||4.6||Wake Forest|
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
|10||Alex Welch||6-5||225||4.8||Notre Dame|
|11||Kevin Haplea||6-4||240||4.75||Penn St|
|14||Jerome Lewis||6-4||232||4.75||Virginia Tech|
|15||Sean Fitzpatrick||6-6||220||4.7||North Carolina|
|17||Josh Fulton||6-4||230||4.9||Arizona St|
|18||Aaron Dunn||6-6||220||4.75||Washington St|
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.