As we continue to pinpoint the top units in football for this fall, let’s take a look at the top receivers. Receiver combinations are unique to look at because offenses have become very complex and different formations can present different predicaments for the opponent. For example two talented receivers with a pass-catching tight end may be just as deadly as four speedy, zone busting receivers. It is absolutely amazing though how talented the pool of receivers has become magnifying the point on how important it is to have a multi-talented group with division one potential.
5) North Gwinnett High (Suwanee, GA)
The mighty Bulldogs of North Gwinnett will have much bark and bite this coming fall with their powerful offense. The Bulldogs use their nickel and dime attack to set up the home run which opponents constantly fall victim to. Josh Imatorbhebhe is the big dog on the porch and makes sure his fellow receivers are up to the task of carrying the offense and team to victory. This year Jae Sulton and Brennan Small will bring their grippy hands to the Friday night lights and will help give North Gwinnett a chance at conference and state titles. This is definitely one of the more entertaining units to watch because they chip at defenses and show what a good short and medium passing game can do to even the fiercest of defenses.
4) DeSoto High School (Desoto, TX)
Trying to cover the receivers from DeSoto is best described as trying to ride a bike with no pedals. It may not seem tough at first but after a few minutes you are not really getting anywhere. The cornerbacks and safeties who have to face K.D. Nixon and his squad of receivers will be tired out. With the incoming Dee Anderson, a transfer from West Mesquite high who has committed to LSU, the eagles plan on ruling the airways. Defenses will attempt to box Nixon in but will have to come up with a much more detailed plan to stop the speed and athleticism of Anderson who is not only a bonafide blue chipper, but also is a rangy receiver with a 37 plus inch vertical. And, when the defense finally thinks they have this offense figured out, Brendon Rushing nods his head and dares defensive coordinators to put a single defender on him. His theory is to let those who would otherwise take him lightly, know that he stands with the four and five star talent just as well. A great combination of relentless deep patterns, shiftiness, and ball skills awaits the opponents of the DeSoto Eagles.
3) Cedar Creek High School (Cedar Creek, NJ)
Ahmir Mitchell and Bo Melton create the most dangerous receiver tandem in the nation. While Mitchell is a more methodical route runner, the younger Melton is more of a loose cannon and gives defensive backs nightmares with his elusiveness. What’s even more amazing is that these two talented individuals turn around and play defense as possibly the best tandem of cover corners in the nation. The Pirates of Cedar Creek stress the importance of team contribution. In other words their winning season will be the result of more than just two players but these two special receivers will definitely lead the team into battle. Expect Mitchell and Melton to provide a little extra as they bring their campaign to a national audience this coming fall.
2) IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
IMG academy has become an assembly line for division one talent. Precision and fundamentals are what they pride themselves on. The Ascenders boast an offense with several all-state and all-American talent, and this fall will prove to be another great year for fans of explosive offenses. The IMG receiving corp can be described in one word: lethal. Competition has already been dealt a bad hand when facing this quad set of receivers. Opposing secondaries who compete against the IMG receivers will be forced to double cover at least two of them. This will leave the other two in single coverage and expect this match-up to go in favor of the talented athletes from Bradenton. Tavares Chase and Saivion Smith are the two Ascenders that demand double coverage. This will leave Pete Savrides and Spencer Perry to have their way with opposing secondaries. Add in tight end Isaac Nauta and you have an offensive team most defensive coordinators would wish to avoid. Nauta is just as effective catching the ball as he is run blocking. Woe to the linebacker that has to face him for more than two quarters of football, as he gets stronger and stronger as the game goes on. The group of receivers create a four horsemen like offense that only a few defenses around the country can challenge. An early match up against American Heritage will be a good early test as Chase and the rest of his crew look to negate any doubts that they are indeed one of the more explosive receiving units in high school football.
1) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Fans down in Florida have flashbacks of the explosive offenses of the late 80’s Miami Hurricanes and early 90’s Florida State Seminoles when watching the receivers of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The Raiders receiving corp come complete with possession receivers, deep threats, and guys who can set tremendous run blocks out on the perimeter. Sam Bruce sets the example for this All-American group. Bruce shreds zones and is equally dangerous in the return game. Michael Irvin Jr. brings his hall of fame genes to Fort Lauderdale to take care of the tight end responsibilities. Dominic Thieman and Trevon Grimes are the additional all star pieces of a trio of receivers that will have the potential to shatter high school receiving records this coming fall. Coach Harriott knows that he has the most explosive group of receivers in high school this year and plans on lighting up the skies reminiscent to the St. Louis Rams 1999-2001 greatest show on turf. He also knows that this powerful passing game will open up the run game and the Raiders’ running backs are eager to run towards thousand yard seasons. Electric, exciting, and eager to perform…three ways to describe the receivers of St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
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