JUCO Players to Watch - Wide Receivers

One of the strongest positions in the JUCO ranks this year is at wideout where a plethora of very talented and very productive receivers return. Here's a look at several of them top targets for four year schools and some that have emerged this summer as possible candidates for offers down the road...

**Note: This is merely a list of some of the top JUCO wide receivers and is by no means a comprehensive or complete list of the prospects available in this class.

Saddleback WR Eric Lauderdale - As a freshman in 2012, Lauderdale hauled in 60 receptions for 916 yards and seven touchdowns and with his combination of size (6'2", 197) and speed (4.47), he drew offers from schools across the country including Akron, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida, Miami and Wisconsin, but he eventually chose to commit to Tennessee and hasn't looked back since.

Status: Committed to Tennessee
Mississippi Gulf Coast WR D'haquille Williams - After a huge freshman campaign that saw him post 67 receptions for 1,295 yards and 17 touchdowns, he had offers from schools from all over, but chose Auburn after visiting there during the fall. He's got a huge frame and very soft hands and enough speed (4.45) to get deep when called upon.

Status: Committed to Auburn
Copiah-Lincoln WR Casey Gladney - Gladney signed with Texas Tech out of high school, but was unable to qualify, so he headed to Co-Lin and, as a freshman last season, he totaled 27 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He made an early decision to commit to Cincinnati, but with a fast start to his sophomore season, expect more schools to come in and try and sway him to give them a look.

Status: Committed to Cincinnati
Grossmont WR Nick Kurtz - As one of the biggest JUCO targets in the country at 6'6" and 205 pounds, Kurtz opened some eyes when he posted 49 receptions for 697 yards and 10 scores and hauled in offers from Akron, BYU, California, Illinois, Kansas State, Kentucky, Oregon, San Jose State, Texas Tech and Utah State during the spring and he's continued to see interest increase with schools from the SEC, Pac 12 and Big 10 as well.

Status: Uncommitted
L.A. Pierce WR Tyrin Stone-Davis - Stone-Davis made a quick decision late last month when he committed to Illinois over offers from San Diego State and Texas Tech. The sophomore took a back seat to Jaelen Strong, one of the top JUCO wideouts in the country last season, but now that his former teammate is at Arizona State, Stone-Davis should be able to put up bigger numbers than he did last season (20 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns).

Status: Committed to Illinois
Riverside WR Devon Blackmon - The Oregon bounceback is one of the fastest wideouts in the country, able to run a sub-4.4 forty time pretty consistently. He had a solid spring and has four early offers -- Arizona, Fresno State, Illinois and Washington -- and many more schools interested in what he brings to the table, but they want to see what he's able to do this fall. Because of his outstanding speed and athleticism, he will have different packages thrown into Riverside's gameplan every week as a Wildcat quarterback, out of the slot and outside as a receiver and he'll also handle some of the return duties as well.

Status: Uncommitted
Riverside WR Sam Boyd - Boyd is a huge young man and he compliments Blackmon well. At 6'4" and weighing in at 235 pounds, the San Jose State bounceback can seemingly play almost every position -- outside, slot, H-Back or even some tight end -- and that has led schools like Arizona State, Fresno State, California, Colorado and Washington State to offer and more schools to show quite a bit of interest.

Status: Uncommitted
Blinn WR Kameel Jackson - Jackson looks like an absolute beat at nearly 6'2" and 210 pounds. He blew up this spring with Blinn and garnered offers from several schools, but committed to Tennessee pretty quickly.

Status: Committed to Tennessee
Itawamba WR Sanford Seay - Seay is a talented wideout that had plenty of schools looking at him in high school. Ultimately he decided to sign with Georgia, but was unable to qualify. Last season, as a freshman, he totaled 27 receptions for 377 yards and three scores. He currently holds offers from Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss and schools from the SEC and ACC have also made some inquiries.

Status: Uncommitted
Iowa Western WR Geronimo Allison - Alison is long and lanky and poised for a huge season for the Reivers after posting 26 receptions for 428 yards and two touchdowns in a reserve role last year. He has offers from schools like Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Ohio and Utah State, but late last month he decided to commit to Illinois which has been looking for at least one JUCO wideout.

Status: Committed to Illinois
American River WR Ference Lang - Lang isn't the biggest guy, but at 5'9", 180 pounds he is a perfect fit as a slot guy at the next level. He had a very good freshman season last fall, totaling 44 receptions for 674 yards and four touchdowns and got looks in the spring from BYU, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, Utah State and Marshall.

Status: Uncommitted
Reedley WR Tre Powell - So far, Kansas is the only school to show much of an interest in Powell, but that has more to do with him redshirting this past season than with his productivity or updside. Powell totaled 39 catches for 406 yards (10.1 ypc) and one touchdown as a freshman in 2011.

Status: Uncommitted
Butte WR Wesley McCoy - Another receiver who looks like a great fit in the slot is McCoy who led the Roadrunners in receptions (15) and finished second in yards (236) and touchdowns (2) as a freshman this past season. He already has one offer, Idaho, and more schools could jump into the mix once the season gets underway.

Status: Uncommitted
Itawamba WR Jarvis Bentley - Bentley is a UMASS bounceback who put up solid numbers as a redshirt freshman with the Indians last fall (37 receptions for 297 yards and a score). He has early offers from Georgia State, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, North Texas, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy and Western Kentucky.

Status: Uncommitted
Mt. San Antonio WR Karl Holmes - Holmes looks great after bouncing back from Arizona State. He current sports three offers -- Idaho, Illinois and Utah and should be one of the top playmakers in Southern California this coming fall.

Status: Uncommitted

Glendale (AZ) WR Jesse Tate - Tate needs to get bigger and stronger, but there's no denying his soft hands and that ability to get open. Last season, the lanky wideout totaled 23 tackles for 462 yards and five scores. He has two early offers from Colorado State and North Texas.

Status: Uncommitted
Palomar WR Anthony Mount - Mount is probably the smallest guy on our list of receivers, but make no mistake, he can definitely make some plays. Last yaer, Mount totaled 38 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns and was named First Team All-National South Conference. Schools have given him a look, but he'll need to have a good start to the 2013 season in order to garner more interest.

Status: Uncommitted
Chaffey WR Dominick Barnett - Barnett played in the backfield most of last season, but this year he'll move out to receiver. He's got great size and surprisingly soft hands and if he gets the ball in the open field, he definitely has tailback abilities. Definitely a prospect to keep an eye on and several FCS and FBS programs.


Bakersfield WR Marquise Johnson - Last season, Johnson was a standout on the Gades' State Championship team hauling in 27 receptions for 621 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a unanimous First Team All-Conference player and he's gotten attention from schools like UNLV, Idaho and New Mexico recently.


Feather River WR LaVon Pearson - Pearson is one of the top returning receivers in Northern California after posting 39 tackles for 757 yards and 10 scores and he earned First Team All League and All-State honors for his efforts. He has yet to see recruiting pick up, but expect that to happen after the start of the season.


Fullerton WR Eli Pleasant - Pleasant posted 48 receptions for 707 yards and 12 touchdowns and earned First Team All-Conference after the 2012 football season. He's seen tepid interest from schools in the Mountain West and the WAC.


East Mississippi WR J.T. Tolbert - Tolbert, who recently told JCFootball.com that he has made the decision to move to East Mississippi to be closer to his family, had a big season for Ellsworth in 2012 when he finished with 51 catches for 753 yards and seven scores. At 6'0" tall and weighing 170 pounds, Tolbert is an ideal fit inside as a slot receiver and with his speed, he can play some outside as well. He's been hearing from a few schools including Utah State, Iowa State and Marshall and more could come into the picture this fall.


Coffeyville WR Dominique Reed - Reed was the top receiver in the Jayhawk Conference in 2012 after posting 47 receptions for 818 yards and 10 scores. So far, no offers have been forthcoming, but he has been getting looks from West Virginia, Illinois and Kentucky.


Hartnell WR Da'Quan Smith - Smtih has outstanding quickness and hands. Last season, he posted 28 receptions for 412 yards and four touchdowns. He's received attention from schools like Mississippi State, Monmouth, Rutgers, Towson and Western Michigan as well as Wyoming, Fresno State, Texas Tech, Texas State, Western Kentucky and San Jose State


Bakersfield WR Brock Martin - Martin was another big-time receiver for the Gades in 2012 hauling in 33 receptions for 504 yards and four touchdowns. So far, recruiting hasn't hit a fever-pitch, but it could with a fast to the 2013 season.


Cerritos WR Ricky Carrigan - Carrigan has received an offer from Iowa State with interest from BYU, Cincinnati, Kansas State, USC, San Diego State, Utah, Georgia State, Utah State, Arizona, Utah and Colorado State. As a freshman in 2012, Carrigan posted 24 receptions for 389 yards and two scores.


North Dakota State College of Science WR Claude Garrett - Garrett received an offer from South Alabama in the spring and is getting attention from the likes of BYU, Arkansas, New Mexico State, Syracuse, Temple, Texas State, Toledo and Utah State. The 6'3", 215 pounder is an elite athlete and should show his worth even more this fall.


Independence WR DeVante Clark - Clark is a very impressive looking receiver and has drawn the attention of Auburn, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri have showed some interest. Clark is 5'9" and 180 pounds, so he's probably a better fit inside, but after finishing with 25 catches for 22 yards and one score last season, he has a chance to be a real playmaker for the Pirates this fall.


Hartnell WR Josh Wade - Wade had a good spring and has caught the eye of several schools including Wyoming, UNLV and Towson State with a number of others looking. At 5'8" and 165 pounds, he's on the small side but with his legit 4.4 speed and soft hands, he can be a playmaker out of the slot.


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