Texas Trio: Wide Receivers

Perhaps no position in the state is as stacked with upper-end talent like wide receiver, with each of the top three players arguably sitting among the top 15 prospects in Texas.

1) Cayleb Jones, Austin (Texas)

Jones received the most big-time interest of any Texas receiver, and with good reason: he's the best one available. At first glance, Jones saw his numbers take a dip a year ago from a stellar sophomore campaign when he grabbed 91 passes for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns. As a junior, he had 63 catches for 860 yards and eight touchdowns. But he also played in just seven games as a junior, meaning he actually averaged more yards per game (122.9 to 105), more touchdowns per game (1.1 to 0.9) and more yards per catch (13.7 to 11.5) than he did as a sophomore. He's long, athletic and tough to stop on a jump ball. If he has any weaknesses, it's that he lacks great speed and runs a 4.55 40-yard dash. But his other strengths more than make up for it.

2) Dominique Wheeler, Crockett (undecided)

Wheeler came out of nowhere a year ago, showing an explosive gear typically not found in a 6-foot plus player. Playing mostly quarterback, Wheeler rushed just 71 times, but averaged 16.4 yards per carry in putting up 1,164 yards. Sixteen times he found the end zone as a rusher. He had another 497 yards and five touchdowns as a passer, and caught another six passes as a receiver. Those six receptions went for a whopping 153 yards (25.5 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. Wheeler is still somewhat of a raw prospect, but he boasts excellent ball skills and is showcases a wonderful ability to run after the catch.

3) Thomas Johnson, Dallas Skyline (Texas)

Call Johnson the upside pick. At 6-foot, he has above average size for a slot receiver, and he has fantastic speed and explosion. Last year, he missed time with an injury, but made the most of his opportunities to catch 20 passes for 360 yards (18.0 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. This year, if he's able to finish the year healthy, he has a chance to double or triple those numbers. Johnson is athletic enough and has the change of direction to play defensive back as well, though any team would be crazy to not start off Johnson on the offensive side of the ball. He could wind up being the steal of the wide receiver class.

Watch out for …

A pair of Texas A&M commitments from Missouri City: Bralon Addison of Hightower and Corey Thompson of Elkins. Addison is a slick athlete who put up a combined 2,926 rushing and passing yards and 43 touchdowns a year ago. Thompson has a Dez Bryant-like frame and physicality. Both are athletic enough to play other positions.

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