East 100 Breakdown: Wide Receivers Part One

The North has been separated again into the Midwest and East. With the release of the East 100 we decided to break it down even more and look at some of the top prospects at each position in the region.

Wide Receivers:

Baltimore (Md.) City College star Adrian Coxson made a lasting impression on the collective eyes of Scout.com at the Baltimore Combine when he dominated the competition. Shortly, after that event we received his highlight film and we were blown away by what we saw. Coxson possesses great size at 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds and runs a sub (4.5) forty-yard dash. He can spread the field as a deep threat, but he also runs great routes and has tremendously strong hands. He will go up and get the ball. He is headed to Penn State.

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul wide receiver Shakim Phillips has proven when he is healthy he is one of the best pass catchers in the country. He is a tremendous red zone weapon. He uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball. Plays physical and will block, just needs to show that he can stay healthy. He missed out on the combine circuit, but his film was so impressive that it didn't really hurt his stock.

Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara athlete Corey Brown is a projection at wide receiver, because he is a running back by trade. Brown suffered a serious knee injury last season and everyone will be watching to see how he comes back from it. When he is healthy he is one of the most explosive and dangerous offensive players in the country. It will be interesting to see if the star returns to form this season.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes wide receiver Justin Hunter may have as much upside as any player in the East region. He has a tremendous frame at 6-foot-4 and 183-pounds with a lot of room to grow. Hunter has great speed and outstanding body control. Hunter is a very good athlete and a long strider who seems to run by defenders with ease. Hunter is a deep threat who is also very good in the red zone. He is physical and is not shy about going across the middle of the field to catch a pass. Hunter has committed to LSU.

McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox wide receiver Andrew Carswell and Paul Jones combine to make one of the best 1-2 punches in the state of Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh commit has an outstanding frame and could potentially reach 230-pounds and still be athletic. He is very smooth and fluid and has huge hands. He catches just about anything thrown his way. He doesn't necessarily run the fastest forty-yard dash, but he has game speed. He could eventually grow into a tight end.

Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman is one of the biggest players in the country at his position. Coleman towers over defensive backs with his 6-foot-6 frame. Coleman is another long strider who just seems to glide past defenders. He is remarkably agile for a player of his size. He shows the ability to make people miss in the open field. Coleman is very tough to cover not only because of his size, but because of his ability to adjust on the fly.

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway athlete Brendan Felder burst onto the scene this spring after two tremendous combine performances in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. He also proved himself at a bunch of college camps where he came away with offers from everyone that he attended except one. Felder can fly and has show sub (4.4) speed. He is elusive in the open field and runs tremendous routes. He is one of the top deep threats that we have seen. He can also play running back and defensive back as well.

Hazlet (N.J.) Raritan wide receiver and Notre Dame pledge Bennett Jackson is one of the most slippery and elusive offensive players in the region when he has the ball in his hands. It would be hard to find someone who gets more yards after the catch than he does. He will be a solid No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver and likely slot man who will catch the short passes in traffic and turn them into longer gains. He also excels at running counters and reverses. He has the potential to also be a fine return man at the next level.


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