The nation's top-ranked tight end, Carson's Morrell Presley, who is already enrolled in school at UCLA, leads the final rankings of tight ends out West in the class of 2009, while a couple of Bruin recruits are also on the list of the top wide receivers...
The West is home to four of the top tight ends in the country, and the top two
overall in Presley and Toilolo. It's another strong year at the top for
tight ends in the West, with Stanford
the biggest beneficiary.
1. Morrell Presley, Carson (Calif.)-
Presley is the best receiving tight end in the country and was an UnderArmour
2. Zach Ertz, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista-
May be the most complete tight end in the region, Ertz has a nice frame and is
tough to bring down.
3. Levine Toilolo, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix-
Earned the nickname "Red Zone". A big target with soft hands.
4. Richard Wilson, Spanish Fork (Utah)- BYU
Utah continues to crank out top tight ends and Wilson is the next in line.
Had a dominant performance at the Phoenix UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine.
Travis Long, Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep-
Gifted two-way threat will be one of the top offensive prospects in the Cougs'
6. Christopher Coyle, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Arizona State
Good quickness and route running, Coyle can take a hit, and will deliver one,
with the ball in his hands.
7. Billy Sanders, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Lake City-
Will likely end up on the defensive side of the ball, where he's a good rusher
off the edge, but could team with Presley for a nice combo.
8. J.T. Kerr, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch-
Despite some injuries during the season, was a legitimate threat in the Scripps
9. Marlion Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago-
A good athlete, Barnett excels at receiving and could even play linebacker in
10. Gregory Smith, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill- Arizona State
Another gifted two-way athlete, is one of the more physically impressive players
Remington Peck, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham- BYU
Did an excellent job taking over for Austin Holt for Bingham and will follow him
12. Terrence Miller, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde-
Big, rangy target could also end up playing receiver in college.
13. Trevor Peterson, Placerville (Calif.) El Dorado- Boise State
As physical a player as you'll find at this position, Peterson does it all for
El Dorado, playing tight end and safety.
Jordan Pu'u Robinson, Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin-
One of the top prospects in an excellent year for offensive players in Hawaii.
Gavin Escobar, Santa Margarita (Calif.)- San Diego State
Another big, rangy receiver who will probably see a lot of throws coming his way in Al Borges' offense.
The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Brent Bettencourt, Clovis (Calif.)
Delton Edwards, Pinole (Calif.) Valley
Denzel Pruitt, Sacramento (Calif.)
D.J. Maciel, Hanford (Calif.)
E.J. Singler, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
Sterling Carter, Torrance (Calif.)
The 2009 class of receivers in the West is deep, and extremely talented, from
the big-play ability of Jefferson and Jackson, the toughness of Simone and
Marvray, the speed of Carroll and Flournoy to the all-around ability of Roberts,
Thompson, Moore and Evans. Here are the top receivers in the West.
1. Shaquelle Evans, Inglewood (Calif.)-
The complete package at receiver, Evans is one of the best players to ever play
2. Rolando Jefferson, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
No one has better big-play ability than Jefferson. Academics are the only
hangup and will likely send him to a JC.
3. Randall Carroll, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral- USC
Hands down, the fastest football player, or prepster, in the West.
4. Devon Flournoy, Van Nuys (Calif.)
The top receiver in the City Section, is arguably the best return man in
5. Diante Jackson, Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas-
May be the most explosive athlete in Northern California.
6. Jemari Roberts, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson- Stanford
Often overshadowed by the folks at Poly, Roberts should blossom on the Farm.
7. Gino Simone, Issaquah (Calif.) Skyline- Washington State
Has great hands, runs great routes, but more importantly, is one of the toughest
football players in the country.
8. Brett Thompson, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge- BYU
The best offensive prospect in Sacramento, is often compared to Oak Ridge alum
and BYU receiver Austin Collie.
9. Ricky Marvray, Corona (Calif.) Centennial-
Was a big part of the Huskies state championship squad, both as a receiver and
10. Kirby Moore, Prosser (Wash.)- Boise State
One of the most prolific receivers in national history.
11. Jamal Smith, Oxnard (Calif.)- Utah
Tall, physical receiver committed to the Utes early.
Roby Toma, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou- UCLA
Cat-quick slot receiver was named Hawaii's offensive player of the year.
James Flynn, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Was one of the leading receivers in California and an all-state selection after
scoring 18 touchdowns.
14. Billy Ray Stutzmann, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis- Hawaii
Cat-quick receiver turned down some mainland offers to stay home and play in
Warriors passing game.
15. James Johnson, Escondido (Calif.) Valley Center
Had another solid season in all facets of the game, offensively, defensively and
on special teams.
16. Mitch Mathews, Beaverton (Ore.) Southridge- BYU
Tall and rangy receiver missed much of senior year but is the top playmaker in the Beaver State.
17. Travis Van Leeuwen, Provo (Utah) Timpview-
Big, tall receiver with very good hands.
18. Michael Edmunds, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Good size and speed, is a crisp route-runner.
Gianni Carter, Eugene (Ore.) Marist
Good size and speed, is a crisp route-runner.
20. James Orth, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic-
San Jose State
Tough, physical receiver also has deceptive speed.
The Next 15 (in alphabetical order):
Alex Jefferies, Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower- Fresno State
Brandon Chambers, San Diego (Calif.)- San Diego State
Brett Ackerman, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Darvin McCauley, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Delvon Purvis, Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan
Deondre Powell, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr- Hawaii
Kenny Cooper, Merced (Calif.)
Kevin Chandler, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Kevin Cummings, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Oregon State
Jake Peterson, Bakersfield (Calif.) Christian
Jerry Rice, Menlo (Calif.) Atherton
Noel Grigsby, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Osmond Nicholas, Oceanside (Calif.)- San Diego State
Ronald McCrory, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Spencer Hagan, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian-
Other Receivers (in alphabetical order):
Alex Anthony, Victoria (B.C.) Mt. Douglas
Brett Gudim, Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro
Brian Owusu, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian-
Chanzell Porter, Concord (Calif.)- Utah
Chris McNeill, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Cody Hoffman, Crescent City (Calif.) Del Norte- BYU
Courtney Gardner, Reno (Nev.) Hug- Nevada
Geraldo Hiwat, Boise (Idaho) Capital- Boise State
Geshaun Harris, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Jake Knecht- Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline
Jeffrey Taylor, Montebello (Calif.) Cantwell-Sacred Heart
Justin Veltung, Puyallup (Wash.)- Idaho
Keith Williams, Simi Valley (Calif.)
Marvin Jones, San Diego (Calif.) Kearney- San Diego State
Maurice Culpepper, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill
Micah Hatfield, Lake Oswego (Ore.)- Oregon State
Mitch Singler, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
Sam Knapp, Atherton (Calif.) Menlo-Atherton
Scotty Williams, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran- Army
William Chandler, Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline
Zach Gehring, Castle Rock (Wash.) Castle Rock