by: Todd Holcomb Updated:
Our third look at the best players in high school football focuses on receivers.
Here are 10 to watch.
They must be pretty smart because three have offers from Yale.
Remember that these are not recruiting rankings. These players have been selected primarily on their high school production and their value to their high school teams.
Let us know who you think we missed.
- Myles Autry, Norcross: Autry plays many roles for Norcross but is most commonly lined up at slot receiver. In 2012, year of Norcross’ first state title, Autry had 45 catches for 632 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had more than 500 yards rushing and 500 returning. Autry could play any of several positions in college. His finalists appear to be Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Miami. Autry is coming off ACL/MCL surgery.
- Emanuel Beal, Hillgrove: Beal caught 43 passes for 855 yards (19.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns for 6-5 Wheeler last season. He has transferred to Hillgrove. Beal (6-1, 200) is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports. He has offers from Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Yale.
- Nate Brown, North Gwinnett: Brown’s numbers were not outstanding as a junior, as North Gwinnett spreads the wealth, though he did have nine TD receptions. He caught 41 passes overall for 491 yards. But he’s easily one of the top five receiver prospects in Georgia (offers from Illinois, Louisville, Minnesota and Vanderbilt, even Yale).
- Daniel Clements, Alpharetta: Clements had 60 catches for 1,286 yards and 12 touchdowns for a 7-4 team in 2012. He emerged Alpharetta’s leading receiver last season ahead of Carlos Burse (signed with Vanderbilt), but isn’t being recruited so heavily. He’s only 5-9. But Clements does have an offer from Yale, too. That makes three. Air Force also has offered.
- Xavier Harper, Jackson County: Harper helped lead Jackson County (6-5) to its fist state playoff appearance in program history with a season of 82 receptions and 1,185 yards with 10 touchdowns in only nine games. He had eight straight games of 100-plus yards receiving. That came under first-year coach Benji Harrison, former offensive coordinator at pass-happy Flowery Branch. Harper has garnered interest from Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Georgia State and several FCS schools.
- Jamai Jones, Wesleyan: As a sophomore, Jones had 70 catches for 1,071 yards and 12 touchdowns for a team that went 4-7. Jones is the brother of Notre Dame receiver and former Gainesville all-state player Tai-ler Jones. ‘’He’s a major baseball prospect, so he’s different from his brother in that regard,’’ Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen said. “And he’s not as tall [as Tai-ler], but he certainly has the play-making ability. Duke called me today about him. Alabama and UGA are interested. We’ll see. It’s early.’’
- Demarre Kitt, Sandy Creek: Kitt is generally considered the state’s best WR prospect. He caught 74 passes for 1,236 yards and 11 touchdowns for Sandy Creek’s Class AAAA championship team last year. Formerly committed to Georgia, Kitt now favors Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee.
- Rodney Lackey, Gainesville: The top receiver on this reigning Class AAAAA champion, Lackey had 69 catches for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Lackey is a rising junior. He had better numbers than senior teammate Caleb Hayman, who committed to South Alabama, but Lackey (5-10, 180) is smaller.
- Christian Robinson, Centennial: Robinson is coming off his second straight season of 1,000-plus receiving yards. He was 72-1,053 last season with 11 touchdowns in 10 games. At 5-11, 190, he’s not getting the recruiting attention that he deserves.
- Shakenneth Williams, Rutland: Who says you have to be on a good team to be noticed by college coaches? Rutland was a 3-7 team in 2012. Williams had 38 receptions for 684 yards and eight touchdowns. Vanderbilt is his favorite among offers that also include Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State and Missouri.