Five to Watch
Issue #6: Wide Receivers
With the 2001 season looming in the not too distant future, we are going to begin to look at five prospects to watch at each position. This is not and end all, be all list. Rather, we are taking into consideration a player's performance in 2000 and their coach's assessment of the player as a prospect. Stop number 6 is the receivers:
1. Princell Brockenbrough, City College of San Francisco (6-3, 205) - With CCSF's "Fab Four Freshman" from a year ago all returning, it would be easy to recognized all of them, but the buzz is that Brockenbrough will be the best and most highly recruited of the bunch. A graduate of Henrico High School in Virginia, Brockenbrough was a "big play" receiver all season for the Rams in 2000. His big frame and great speed made him a big part of the offense. With 21 receptions for 360 yards and 6 touchdowns, Brockenbrough made things happen. He averaged over 17 yards per reception in 2000. We expect Brockenbrough to continue to excel in 2001.
2. Clint Bingham, Long Beach City College (5-11, 170) - As a freshman in 2000, Bingham led the Vikings in receptions (58) and receiving yardage (788) and tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions with five. He was named first team All-Mission Conference Northern Division as a freshman in a conference known for outstanding receivers. Long Beach City head coach Larry Reisbig considers Bingham the best in the state at his position. A graduate of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington, Bingham will be among the state's best in 2001.
3. Deondre Alexander, Palomar College (5-11, 170) - Alexander
was an immediate impact player at Palomar as a freshman, leading the team with
57 receptions for 772 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was named first team
All-Mission Conference Central Division along with Kenneth Farley (Oregon State)
and Derrick Barnes (UNLV). As a sophomore in 2001, Alexander should be the
best receiver in the conference, teaming up with QB Andy Goodenough for a second
4. Mike Cox, Shasta College (5-10, 170) - Joining
with sophomore Perry Cloud in 2000, Cox was part of one of the best and most
underrated receiving corps in the state, helping quarterback Brian Jones to a
full ride to the University of Toledo. Cloud was picked up late by San
Jose State and has given way to Cox to be the go to guy in 2001. During
his freshman season, Cox led the Knights in receiving with 62 receptions for 980
yards and five touchdowns. As a matter of fact, Cox was the leading
freshman receiver in the state in 2000 after USC bound Devin Pitts. Cox
runs a 4.41-forty according to coach Craig Thompson. He was a first team
All-NorCal Conference receiver as a freshman, joining three talented
sophomores. He is a smart receiver with great hands and runs great
5. Brett Johnson, Mt. San Jacinto College (6-1, 190) - Johnson had a huge season in 2000, even though he only played in 7 games. In those seven games, he had 49 receptions 724 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a first team All-Foothill Conference receiver for the Eagles and just about every coach in the Foothill Conference has mentioned Johnson's name when I've asked about players to watch in the conference. A graduate of West Valley High School in Hemet, remember Johnson's name in 2001.
Jason Mitchell, Los Angeles Harbor College (6-2, 185) - Prior to his arrival at L.A. Harbor, Mitchell was a standout at North Torrance High School. He wasn't the only standout receiver at North, as Devin Pitts (El Camino College in 2000, Full Ride to USC for sophomore season in 2001) received a lot of the attention. However, many who I've spoken with say Mitchell was the better of the two receivers. He was going to Prop 48 at the University of Utah, but decided to attend Harbor. He had a solid freshman season, collecting 36 receptions for 550 yards and 5 touchdowns. He added 384 yards on 14 kick-off returns. He was named second team All-Western State Conference Southern Division following the season. Mitchell is said to run a 4.38-forty and a 10.5-one hundred. He will be a mid-year graduate, making him all the more recruitable.
By no means are these the only major receiver prospects in the state. We will be covering all of the top prospects in the state in the Premium Recruiting section of the site.