Ohio holds a deep talent pool of receivers in the 2005 class. With several holding college offers many more are looking to get a piece of the pie. Who are the top receivers in the state? We take a look and give you the list of OPS Top 5 Receivers as of May 2004.
1. Mario Manningham - Warren Harding High School
Mario gave his verbal early to Michigan and looks to be steady in the commitment. Mario posses top speed and great hands. Last summer I enjoyed watching him workout during a one-day camp in West Virginia. He proved to me the talent he holds and I haven't changed my mind one bit.
2. Andre Amos - Middletown High School
I first heard about Andre from basketball director Ozie Davis III when he watched the Middies play this past season. He gave me the name and said the kid was top notch. I always listen to Ozie since he played college football for Miami of Ohio and knows football talent when he sees it.
With great hands and above average speed Andre is already sitting with offers from Michigan, Boston College, West Virginia, Purdue, Northwestern and Bowling Green. Look for more offers to come in the next 30 days.
3. Greg Orton - Huber Heights Wayne High School
I have had the pleasure of watching Greg develop over the past two seasons. With great size and the speed needed to play at the next level Greg is the best receiver to come out of Wayne since 2000 Wayne grad John Hollins (OSU).
Greg is also a very good basketball player and uses those skills on the football field. He's not afraid to go into traffic and is able to leap over defensive backs and get the ball. With offers from Iowa, Purdue and Bowling Green already in hand and Wisconsin and other top programs showing interest, I see several more offers coming Greg's way before camping season is over.
4. Brian Hartline - Canton GlenOak High School
Brian has great hands and speed to go with a tall and lean body. He doesn't take a back seat to any receiver in Ohio this year. With offers from Michigan State and Pittsburgh in hand look for his performance in summer camps to open more offers for other top programs.
5a. J. Sharps - Westerville South High School
I first heard about Sharps last football season when a college coach told me this kid is going to be a great one. I trust this coach with his talent breakdown and can see why he held Sharps in such high praise. Sharps shows great athletic ability with size, speed and great hands. Don't be surprised if this kid moves up higher than this, he's got that type of potential.
5b. E.J. Morton-Green - Princeton High School
While others may not be talking about Green I will. I saw first hand before last season what type of athlete Green is. With great hands and athletic ability I have him rated high. E.J. has all the tools and the size to be a great wideout. When I look for receivers I always look at height, speed and hands, the same thing college coaches are looking for and E.J has all three. Remember E.J. didn't start the season with a quarterback that could throw. But by the end he had Jarrel Williams (KY) throwing him the ball and the numbers started adding up for him and Johnny Long (Akron).
Well there you have it my Top 5 Receivers as of May 2004. This list could change as we see more film and players at camps and combines over the next month but I feel confident that these 5 have what it takes to make the grade at the next level.
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