A look at the '05 Wide Receiver Class

How did this year's receivers stack up?<br><br> To find out where we graded Ole Miss' 2005 Wide Receiver Class, click here.

Wide Receivers: B+

We all knew that the wide receiver positions were going to be critical for the 2005 class due to the two man rotation graduating by the end of next year. Added to this factor, one of the more promising underclassmen was dismissed from the team (Frank Clayton), and both receiver signees from the 2004 Class were non-qualifiers. That leaves Mico McSwain and Carlos Suggs as the only returning scholarship wide receivers for the 2006 season.

Speed was also a major concern for the wide out positions and this is where the Rebels really helped themselves with the signatures of Burnell Wallace and Milton Collins, who both just happened to prep at O. Perry Walker (where Coach Frank Wilson was the head coach) in high school. Milton could be Ole Miss' fastest wide-out signed since Omar Rayford. Burnell possesses good size, speed, and quickness and is already enrolled and set for Spring practice. The Rebels signed a "Bill Flowers" clone in J.D. Lawhorn which should bring a smile to many Rebel fans.

The only reason we do not grade this class in the "A" range is due to the fact that none of the receivers are over 6' 1" and there is still some concern with Collins' grades. Milton still has a good shot to graduate in time for the 2005 season, and if he does, then this grade jumps to an "A-" Collins is that good.


Signees

Milton Collins
Milton Collins (WR, Jones CC, MS) - Listed as 6' 1", 180 with 4.4 speed. Milton was a 1st team All-State junior college selection while playing at Jones (Miss.) Community College ... Also earned MACJC Offensive Player of the Week honors in 2004 ... As a sophomore in 2004, caught 49 passes for 748 yards and eight touchdowns ... His 5.4 receptions per game led MACJC/Region 23 and his 83.1 yards receiving per game ranked second in the region ... Career totals in junior college include 63 receptions for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Earned two JUCO letters (2003-2004) ... Coached in junior college by Parker Dykes ... Also lettered once in basketball, averaging 17.0 points per game while being named Freshman of the Year ... HIGH SCHOOL: Second team All-State selection who was also named All-District and All-West Bank while playing at O. Perry Walker High ... As a senior, caught 48 passes for 892 yards and eight touchdowns ... On defense, was credited with 32 tackles and also had six pass interceptions ... Helped lead team to 13-2 record and state championship in 2002 ... Earned two letters in football ... Coached in high school by Frank Wilson, who is the running backs coach at Ole Miss ... Also earned four letters in basketball and one in track ... Averaged 20.2 points per game in basketball as he was selected All-District, All-Metro, and McDonald's All-American ... Ran on the 4x200 relay in track ... PERSONAL: Son of Joan Collins and Milton Crenshaw ... Born: March 9, 1985.



Comments from Terry Wilson

"Milton is a great kid, quiet kid. He has great leadership skills and is so humble. His work ethic is a big strength. As far as his physical skills, he has a great vertical jump. He is a super hoopster too. The kid has good hands and blocks well too. But his biggest attribute is his speed. He is the fastest player we have had here. Once he puts some more weight on, there is not much he will not be able to do at Ole Miss. He is the complete package."


Comments from Ed Orgeron


"Milton Collins was also a big time receiver in high school and JUCO. I relied on Frank Wilson on these evaluations and I trust he made good ones. We went for the speed with Milton and Mike Wallce. They should be able to stretch defenses for us."




J.D. Lawhorn
J.D. Lawhorn (WR, Memphis, TN) - Listed as 6' 1", 177 with 4.5 speed. Lawhorn was named 1st team All-State by The Associated Press and TWSA ... Member of 2005 Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star team selected to compete against Kentucky on June 16, 2005 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. ... Was Division II Mr. Football finalist and also All-Metro pick ... Named to Shelby Metro Elite team, Super 7 team, and to Tom Lemming/ESPN All-Southern squad ... Rated No. 16 player in Tennessee by the Knoxville News-Sentinel ... Named to SuperPrep All-Dixie team and ranked No. 15 on their Tennessee Top 20 list ... Ranked No. 7 on The Commercial Appeal's Shelby-Metro's Most Wanted list ... As a senior, caught 45 passes for 677 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Career statistics included 149 receptions for 2,189 yards and 21 scores ... Helped lead MUS to 2004 Private School 3A state championship ... Earned four letters in football ... Coached in high school by Bobby Alston ... Also picked up four letters in track ... All-Metro selection in track and was regional winner in decathlon ... Was third in state 300 hurdles as a sophomore and second as a junior ... Honor Roll student ... PERSONAL: Son of Bill and Karen Lawhorn, who both attended Ole Miss ... Full name is John David Lawhorn ... Born: February 20, 1987.


Comments from Bobby Alston

"I think J. D. will be an excellent college player for several reasons," said MSU Coach Bobby Alston, who led his team to the Tennessee State title in 2004. "He had a lot of catches his junior year, but in the offseason we knew we had to change some things from a team standpoint to accomplish our goals. We told J. D. he probably was not going to get the ball as much as the year before and that we were going to call on him to block more. He never missed a beat. He was willing to do whatever was best for the team. As a consequence, he became more physical in the process and never complained about his lack of receptions. Another reason we didn't go his way as much was because he always drew double coverage, which opened things up with our other receivers. He was very valuable to us. In terms of his skills, he can change direction instantly - nobody jams him at the line. He has a great ability to get off the line and get open and after the catch he makes people miss. I think he can plug into several positions on the college level and be a playmaker. He's a young high school senior so he will only get bigger, faster and stronger. I think his college future is bright."

Comments from Ed Orgeron

"We signed three receivers - two speed guys and a possession guy, J.D. We feel he can fill that role very well in time with some good, solid work in the weight room and some physical maturity."



Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace (WR, New Orleans, LA) - Listed as 6' 0", 175 with 4.5 speed. Enrolled at Ole Miss in January of 2005 and will participate in spring drills ... Signed with Oregon State in Class of 2004, but did not enroll ... Sat out 2004 season and still has five years to play four ... Rated 1st Team All-State honors as wide receiver following senior season at O. Perry Walker High ... Also earned league and District MVP honors as a senior, as well as All-league, All-Metro, All-West Bank and All-West Bank MVP ... Was rated by SuperPrep Magazine as the 17th-best prospect in Louisiana and was a member of its 2004 Southwest Team ... After seeing limited playing time as a junior (four receptions while playing mostly on defense), had an outstanding senior season, catching 60 passes for 1,039 yards (17.3 average per catch) and 19 touchdowns ... Also returned four punts and four kickoffs for TDs, giving him 27 for the season and 162 points, and had seven TDs called back ... Set school records for total points and for kicks returned for touchdowns ... Earned two letters in football ... Coached in high school by Terry Wilson ... Also lettered once in track, earning All-State honors in the 100 ... PERSONAL: Son of Sonjia and Burnell Wallace ... Full name is Burnell Micheal Wallace ... Born: August 1, 1986.


Comments from Terry Wilson

"Mike scored a bunch of touchdowns on special teams returns," said his head coach at O. Perry Walker High, Terry Wilson. "He shattered all of Craig Davis' records (who plays for LSU). He's in the same class of player as Davis. He played in Davis' shadow his junior year. Mike has speed to burn and great confidence. He's got good hands, runs good routes, has a good vertical, and always wants the ball. He's a tough kid."

Comments from Ed Orgeron

"We needed to bring in some speed to shore up our wide receiver position. Mike and Milton Collins help us with that dimension. Mike is a sprinter with great speed and was a top recruit a year ago. The fact that he will be able to go through spring drills with us, but still has five years to play four, should give him an advantage for the future.


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