Louisiana '12 Top 15 Wide Receivers

Louisiana produces a bountiful supply of wide receivers on a yearly basis and the '12 group features a large number of exciting playmakers, including Jaydrick Declouet (Patterson HS)...

1) Travin Dural - (6-2, 180) - Breaux Bridge - Caught 33 passes for more than 500 yards with nine touchdowns in a run-oriented offense. LSU commit. Able to scoop the low catch while in full stride. Goes up and gets the jump ball at its highest point. Dural is a major thorn in the side of opponents when he returns punts and kickoffs. Loves to take returns up the sideline and will make foes pay if they don't cut off his access to the outside. Also exhibits patience while waiting for blockers to open the path on wedge returns. Played instrumental role in Breaux Bridge's Class 4A state track & field championship.

2) Damon Gladney - (6-0, 180) - Haughton - Leading receiver for 2010 4A quarterfinalist. QB Dak Prescott (now at Mississippi State) relied on Gladney when the Buccaneers needed a big gain. He may not have the top-end speed of other great wideouts, but Gladney makes up for it with his hands and concentration. You can't argue with his production: 70 receptions for 1,211 yards and 18 TDs. His best games came against the best competition (10-177, four TDs vs. state champ Franklinton).

3) Jaydrick Declouet - (5-10, 175) - Patterson - Currently favors Arkansas after camping with the Razorbacks this summer. Hauled in 60 catches for 1,200 yards and 16 TDs in 2010. Declouet has sufficient speed to make CBs wary, which allows him to sell the deep route (and then break it off on 8-to-10 yard outs). Find a seam across the middle in zone coverage; willing to sacrifice his body in order to come down with the football. Should catch even more passes this year, since QB Justice Jones returns and four-star RB Kenny Hilliard is gone to LSU. Ran a 4.54 at the New Orleans Under Armour Combine.

4) Dwayne Benjamin - (6-5, 195) - Northside - Also a basketball standout. Enjoyed a breakout junior campaign (45-927, 21 ypc, 14 TDs). Caught two crucial long passes in second round playoff win over Parkway. One of the state's elite high jumpers. May have the most upside of any receiver on this list. Benjamin kept defenses from overloading the box against Northside's (I-formation) running game.

5) Kavahra Holmes - (6-1, 175) - Breaux Bridge - Teams with Travin Dural, RB Lamar Louis and RB Adrian Menard on the state's most-talented offense. Holmes earned his first offer after dazzling TCU's coaches at their camp in Fort Worth. A few days later, LSU offered and he committed. The second-fastest in the nation in the 400 meters. Breezes past hapless corners in one-on-one coverage. Breaux Bridge frequently relies on a conservative offense, which is why Holmes (25 catches in '10) doesn't have the stats of most other highly-ranked receivers.

6) Lorenzo Doss - (6-0, 185) - St. Augustine - As a junior, caught 33 passes for 597 yards and five touchdowns. Versatile; highly-effective on short routes and also a legitimate deep threat. Gets the ball in space near the line of scrimmage and frequently turns it into a substantial gain. Doss may lack elite speed, but he reaches full throttle quickly. Purple Knights must find a replacement for QB Terry Lucas, which means that Doss might not get an ideal amount of touches at the beginning of the season.

7) Raymond Jackson - (6-2, 215) - O.P. Walker - Physically-imposing athlete who reports offers from Minnesota, Pittsburgh and TCU. Hero in last year's 26-20 over Brother Martin (touchdown receptions from 47 and 59 yards, respectively, in the fourth quarter). Should post excellent numbers as a senior, as QB Devin Powell returns.

8) Quadre Heath - (6-3, 170) - Green Oaks - Arkansas State has offered. Caught 38 passes for 532 yards and four touchdowns for Class 3A Giants. First-Team All-District wide receiver who also notched 16 tackles and broke up five passes on defense. Uses his height and long arms to frustrate DBs in the corner of the end zone. Able to shake off would-be tacklers in the open field.

9) Mark Laird - (6-1, 175) - Ouachita Christian - Accumulated 2,400-plus yards of total offense for Class A state runner-up. Caught eight passes for 208 yards in the title game vs. White Castle; 11-238 (two TDs) vs. Oak Grove; 8-215 (two TDs) vs. Vidalia. Has rewritten OCS' record books.

10) Sydie London - (6-4, 200) - St. Augustine - Top-shelf basketball player who could be this year's version of Dwayne Benjamin in terms of getting on the map in football.

11) Jamaal Lofton - (6-2, 185) - Woodlawn-BR - Lit up Redemptorist for 188 yards on 10 catches; caught seven passes for 91 yards and a score vs. Ruston (DBs Kentrell Brice & Cyril Noland).

12) Dorian Semien - (5-8, 165) - Lutcher - WR MVP for the second straight year at Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine. Caught Midlands Regional Manager Greg Powers' eye at the Houston Nike Football Training Camp.

13) Garrett Dinicola (6-2, 180) - Mandeville - Averaged 30.2 yards per catch and scored five touchdowns during injury-shortened junior campaign (missed first half of the season).

14) Steele Merritt (6-1, 185) - St. Mary's - Posted a vertical of 31 inches at the UA Combine. All-Around athlete (First-Team All-State utility player in baseball; went 7-1 on the mound for Class A state runner-up).

15) Kedrick Banks (5-9, 165) - McDonogh #35 - Racked up more than 500 yards receiving for Class 4A playoff team.


--Judah Jones (Evangel Christian) - Leads a quartet of experienced receivers in a wide-open offense.

--Dylan Bossier (Teurlings Catholic) - Favorite option for star QB Dshaie Landor.

--Darius Poullard (Ville Platte) - Jack of all trades (WR, RB, DB, KR) is also a remarkable student.

--Jarrell Bennett (Edna Karr) - Will increase recognition with a good performance vs. Arlington Bowie in the Labor Day opener in Texas.

*Editor's Note: Davante' Bourque (Crowley) was rated with the running backs. Devon Breaux (Donaldsonville), Alonzo Moore (Winnfield), Kevin Fouquier II (Comeaux) and Daijuan Stewart (West Saint Mary) will be grouped with the athletes; Jeffrey Hall (St. Charles Catholic) with the defensive backs.

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