Ranking the wide receivers

CUTigers.com takes a look at the top receivers Clemson will face in the 2011 season.

1. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
2010: The Biletnikoff Award finalist set single-season school records in receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,517). Jeffery led the SEC in receiving yards per game (108.4) and was second in receptions per game (6.29). He had eight games with at least 100 yards receiving, including his five-catch, 141-yard performance against Clemson.

What he's doing here: Jeffery is considered by many as the top wide receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft. After two seasons, he ranks eighth in school history with 134 receptions and is fourth with 2,280 career yards.

2. Dwight Jones
2010: Jones had a breakout sophomore season after registering just five catches in his first season as a Tar Heel. In 2010, when he was an All-ACC honorable mention selection, Jones finished fourth in the ACC with 72.8 yards receiving per game. He hauled in a total of 62 receptions for 973 yards and four touchdowns. Jones made just one catch for four yards against Clemson.

What he's doing here: Jones is a big, physical wide receiver who was highly coveted by Clemson when he was a four-star prospect out of Cummings High School in Burlington, N.C. He'll provide a nice target for the Tar Heels' first-year starting quarterback, Bryn Renner.

3. Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech
2010: Boykin enjoyed the most productive season his career as a junior when he hauled in 53 receptions for 847 yards and six touchdowns.

What he's doing here: Boykin has seen a steady rise in production during his first three years in Blacksburg. The former Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) three-star wasn't highly sought after during his prep career--only Illinois and Appalachian State offered. He went from 30 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman to 40 catches for 835 yards and five scores during his sophomore season.

Honorable mention: Willie Haulstead, Florida State
2010: Reed was one of the Seminoles' top pass-catchers last season. He finished with a 38 receptions for 587 yards. He led the team with six touchdowns and 15.4 yards per catch. Haulstead did not record a reception against Clemson.

What he's doing here: Haulstead gets the nod ahead of teammates Bert Reed and Taiwan Easterling. Reed's struggled to live up to expectations, as has Easterling, who may be at the end of his football career when he's selected in the June MLB Draft. Haulstead emerged as a deep threat last season under first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher but never managed to string together consistent outings.

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