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November 17, 2010

Category rankings: Wide receivers

VOTE: Deep threat | Best hands | Best after catch | Best athlete


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the wide receivers.

WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS: Deep threat | Best hands | Best after catch | Best athlete

5. Victor Blackwell, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Blackwell Highlights
Committed to: USC
Particulars: 6-1/186
Buzz: He has been stretching the field with his speed and hands since his sophomore season.

4. Marvin Shinn, Prichard (Ala.) Vigor
Shinn Highlights
Committed to: Alabama
Particulars: 6-3/177
Buzz: He uses his superior basketball skills to make acrobatic catches downfield.

3. Charone Peake, Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman
Peake Highlights
Committed to: Clemson
Particulars: 6-3/200
Buzz: This long strider has tremendous speed and the ability to adjust on the ball once it is in the air.

2. Trey Metoyer, Whitehouse (Texas)
Metoyer Highlights
Committed to: Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-2/198
Buzz: His 29 touchdown catches his sophomore and junior seasons was done with tremendous body control and superior strength.
1. Sammy Watkins, Fort Myers (Fla.) South Fort Myers
Watkins Highlights
Considering: Clemson and Michigan currently lead a long list.
Particulars: 6-1/180
Buzz: Speed, hands and body control set him apart from the rest. He averaged 26 yards per catch as a junior and 23 yards per catch as a senior.
BEST HANDS
5. Kelvin Benjamin, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central
Benjamin Highlights
Considering: Florida, Florida State and Miami have offered and he will likely stay in state.
Particulars: 6-6/210
Buzz: This towering receiver is a mismatch for smaller defensive backs and makes good use of his huge hands to gather in passes.
4. Ty Montgomery, Dallas (Texas) St. Mark's
Montgomery Highlights
Committed to: Stanford
Particulars: 6-0/202
Buzz: Huge, hulking receiver flashed soft hands at U.S. Army Combine and FBU's Top Gun Camp.

3. Trey Metoyer , Whitehouse (Texas)
Metoyer Highlights
Committed to: Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-2/198
Buzz: He may have the strongest hands in the country, allowing him to make catches when not open.
2. Jaxon Shipley, Brownwood (Texas)
Shipley Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-0/170
Buzz: Soft hands and great route running have allowed him to catch close to 200 passes in his high school career.
1. Jarvis Landry, Lutcher (La.)
Landry Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 5-11/178
Buzz: He proved at the Baton Rouge NIKE Camp that he could snatch the ball out of the air with the best of them.
BEST AFTER CATCH
5. Javares McRoy, Lakeland (Fla.)
McRoy Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 5-9/170
Buzz: Some consider him the Speedy Gonzalez of the gridiron; impossible to corral in the open field.

4. DeAnthony Arnett, Saginaw (Mich.)
Armett Highlights
Committed to: Tennessee
Particulars: 6-0/167
Buzz: This receiver has hips on a swivel and double-jointed knees that leave defenders spinning in the open field.
3. Tacoi Sumler, Miami (Fla.) Columbus
Sumler Highlights
Committed to: Oregon
Particulars: 5-8/151
Buzz: He may be a small but if he is given and inch he will use his superior top-end speed to take it to the house.
2. Sammy Watkins , Fort Myers (Fla.) South Fort Myers
Watkins Highlights
Considering: Clemson and Michigan currently lead a long list.
Particulars: 6-1/180
Buzz: This quick, shifty receiver covers a lot of ground quickly and has the speed to separate.

1. George Farmer, 6-2/192, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Farmer Highlights
Considering: USC, Oregon, Miami, Florida and Alabama are five of the schools out in front for Farmer.
Particulars: 6-2/192
Buzz: Outstanding speed and silky smooth moves allow him to weave his way downfield after the catch.
BEST ATHLETE
5. Damiere Byrd, Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek
Byrd Highlights
Committed to: South Carolina
Particulars: 5-9/165
Buzz: Not only does he run excellent routes and posses soft hands, he is one of the fastest 100-meter guys in the country.
4. Donte Moncrief, Raleigh (Miss.)
Moncrief Highlights
Committed to: Ole Miss
Particulars: 6-2/203
Buzz: Has starred on both sides of the ball as a ball-hawking defensive back and a big, speedy receiver.
3. Justin Scott-Wesley, Camilla (Ga.) Mitchell County
Scott-Wesley Highlights
Committed to: Georgia
Particulars: 6-1/210
Buzz: Started both ways as a junior while running the fastest 100-meter time in the country.

2. Marvin Shinn , Prichard (Ala.) Vigor
Shinn Highlights
Committed to: Alabama
Particulars: 6-3/177
Buzz: Has been shredding the nets on the hardwood longer than he has been starring on the gridiron.
1. George Farmer , 6-2/192, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Farmer Highlights
Considering: USC, Oregon, Miami, Florida and Alabama are five of the schools out in front for Farmer.
Particulars: 6-2/192
Buzz: Athletic enough to play either side of the ball and one of the top 100-meter, and 200-meter guys in California.



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