South Region: Top Wide Receivers

Scout has already ranked 500 prospects and many more will be ranked as progress through the spring, summer, and the fall of 2010. Here is a look at the top wide receivers in the South.

South Region: Top Five Wide Receivers
1. Shaq Roland – 6-2/180– Lexington (SC) Lexington
Simmons' Thoughts: Roland is a gifted athlete that is very fluid on the football field. He has great ball skills, he can go up and get the ball at its highest point, and he is one of the better overall athletes in the South this year. He could play either side of the ball at wide receiver or free safety, he is that talented.
Recruiting: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are Roland's top four as we head into the spring. It will likely come down to Georgia and South Carolina with the Gamecocks looking like the clear leader at this time.

2. Chris Black – 5-11/175 – Jacksonville (FL) First Coast
Simmons' Thoughts: Black is a very quick and elusive wide receiver. He is very tough to get a hand on at the line of scrimmage, he is tough to cover one on one, and he is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. He will not only be used at the wide receiver position on the next level, but he could help as a return man on special teams as well.
Recruiting: It is going to be Florida or Florida State for Black. He is looking hard at the in-state schools and all signs point to him staying in state to play college football.

3. Avery Johnson – 6-2/185 – Pompano Beach (FL) Blanche Ely
Simmons' Thoughts: Johnson is a strong wide receiver that really knows how to catch the football. He knows how to use his body to shield defenders, he attacks the football, and he can catch the ball well in traffic. His speed has been questioned, but he has been timed numerous times under 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash.
Recruiting: Johnson committed to LSU on September 1, 2010 and he remains committed to the Tigers at this time although he has visited Miami a couple of times. He will more visits between now and Signing Day.

4. Marvin Bracy – 5-10/180 – Orlando (FL) Boone
Simmons' Thoughts: Bracy is still learning to play the wide receiver position, but he has something that can't be taught, speed. He has national track speed and he displays that on the football field on a regular basis. He plays very fast, he catches the ball naturally, and he makes people miss in the open field. He is a weapon any time he has the ball in his hands.
Recruiting: Bracy has been offered by over 20 schools and he is still exploring his options, but he told Scout these were the schools he was currently looking at the hardest: Texas A&M, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee.

5. Jaquay Williams – 6-3/202 – Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek
Simmons' Thoughts: Williams is a very good outside receiver and he continues to get better. He is not a strong route runner and he can catch the ball a little more consistently, but he has a lot of tools to like. He gets good separation down the field, he gets the ball well at its highest point, and he has shown the ability to out-muscles defensive backs for the ball in traffic.
Recruiting: Florida, Ohio State, and Tennessee are three schools Williams has talked a lot about over the past few weeks. He is still willing to look at any schools that offer him though.


Here are the next 15 wide receivers as of right now in the South that round out the top 20.

6. Jalen Cobb – 6-1/180 – Warren, Ark.- Warren – Committed to Arkansas
7. Ricardo Louis – 6-2/200 – Miami, Fla.-North Miami Beach
8. Nate Cole – 6-2/195 – Memphis, Tn.-Mitchell Road
9. Germone Hopper – 6-0/166 – Charlotte, N.C.-Phillip O. Berry – Committed to Clemson
10. Justin Thomas – 5-11/180 – Prattville, Ala.-Prattville – Committed to Alabama
11. Cordrea Tankersley – 6-2/190 – Aiken, S.C.-Silver Bluff
12. Quinshad Davis – 6-3/190 – Gaffney, S.C.-Gaffney
13. Angelo Jean-Louis – 6-0/185 – Wellington, Fla.-Palm Beach Central
14. D'Vario Montgomery – 6-3/210 – Winter Park, Fla.-Winter Park
15. Alex Taylor – 6-4/205 – Lester, Ala.-West Limestone – Committed to Auburn
16. C.J. Curry – 6-2/190 – Gainesville, Ga.-North Hall – Committed to Georgia
17. Davante' Bourque – 6-2/200 – Crowley, La.-Crowley
18. Drae Bowles – 6-1/205 – Jackson, Tn.-Jackson Christian School
19. Zac Brooks – 6-2/180 – Jonesboro, Ark.-Jonesboro
20. Jody Fuller – 6-0/200 – Monroe, N.C.-Sun Valley

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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