Early Look at West Coast WRs

The early look at the top ten receivers in the West in 2015 features several UCLA prospects, including the No. 4 receiver nationally in Christian Kirk...

The wide receiver position is very deep and talented out West. In fact, the receiver position might be the deepest position in the region with very little separating 2-10 on our list. Expect a lot of movement here following the spring and summer evaluation period.

1. Christian Kirk, 5-10, 190, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro 
2. Desean Holmes, 5-11, 170, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir 
3. Equanimeous St. Brown, 6-5, 200, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 
4. L.J. Reed, 6-3, 200, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks
5. Cordell Broadus, 6-2, 185, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Kirk is a slam dunk choice at No. 1 and is one of the premier pass catchers in the country. He's a well muscled 190 pounds and very strong. He's both quick and fast, elusive in the open field, a strong return man and shows great polish in his route running while being a natural pass catcher as well.

Kirk runs well after the catch and is a true difference maker. He'll be able to be used in so many different ways at the next level and has a great chance to make an immediate impact at the next level.

Holmes has similar size, speed and quickness to Kirk although he's not as thick or physical. He catches the ball very well and is a legitimate deep threat. He's shifty after the catch and is the kind of player able to take a short hitch, make two or three defenders miss and take it to the house.

St. Brown is that big, physical receiver every college covets. Even when he's covered he's open because St. Brown is not just big, he has very good leaping ability, body control and does a great job catching the football at it's highest point. He's a physical player who can overpower smaller defensive backs on the short slants but has better speed than given credit for and get down the field.

Reed has as much upside as anyone on this list. He has size, speed, ball skills, body control and competitiveness. He can make the tough catch in traffic and routinely uses his superior leaping ability to jump over smaller defensive backs. He's a talented basketball player as well but will likely focus on football at the next level.

Broadus is another big, physical receiver who can over power smaller defensive backs. He doesn't have the same speed or down field explosiveness as Reed or Brown but brings a nice skill set to the table. He has strong hands, catches the ball well in traffic and plays with an edge.

The Next Five:

6. Jaylinn Hawkins, 6-1, 165, Buena Park (Calif.) 
Silky smooth with great hands. 
7. Malik Lovette, 5-11, 175, Redlands East Valley (Calif.) 
Explosive athlete, great after the catch. 
8. Trent Irwin, 6-2, 185, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Best hands and route runner in the region. 
9. Kanya Bell, 6-0, 170, Diamond Bar (Calif.) 
Great athlete on both sides of the ball. 
10. Lavan Alston, 6-0, 175, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Home run hitter and elite return man as well.

National analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report


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