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August 3, 2012
Summer Standouts: Top WRs catch on
The summer camps have wound down and the Rivals.com recruiting analysts were all over the country, scouting hundreds of prospects. Over the next week, Rivals.com is releasing our Summer Standouts list, position-by-position. Here is our list of wide receivers.
Note: This does not reflect a guaranteed move up in our next set of rankings. Many players listed had excellent summers but also proved we had them ranked in the correct range in our previous rankings. These are in alphabetical order.
Alvin Bailey, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: Bailey concluded his strong summer by leading his team to the Gridiron Kings title last weekend in Orlando. He was also a top performer at the IMG 7-on-7 Championships in June and was named one of the top three wide receivers at The Opening in July. Bailey was not afraid to put his skills on display anywhere in the country against any competition, and his stock is on the rise as a result.
Tyler Boyd, Clairton, Pa.: Strong spring performances led to more opportunities for Boyd during the summer. He was invited to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and the Gridiron Kings events this summer and showed he was more than capable against some of the top defensive backs in the country. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder will play on the outside in college and can stretch the field vertically with his speed.
Dhameer Bradley, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy: Connecticut appears to have gotten itself a game-breaker in Bradley. At just 5-foot-10 and 166 pounds Bradley is not the biggest receiver around, but he is explosively fast. A slot receiver at the next level, Bradley can take a short pass and turn it into a big gainer. He did that several times at the NLA 7-on-7 National Championships and also at the Rutgers 7-on-7 tournament in June.
KD Cannon, Mount Pleasant, Tex. (2014): The highlight of Cannon's summer was taking home MVP honors at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Dallas, where he bested 190 of the top prospects in the classes of 2014 and 2015. He was also very impressive at Top Gun in July and several college camps during the summer. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound receiver looks to be the top prospect at his position in the Lone Star State for the class of 2014.
Darren Carrington, San Diego (Calif.) Horizon: Carrington first made an impression at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta, leaving his mark as one of the top receivers at the event. He also had an impressive showing at the Gridiron Kings event in late July. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Carrington is a big-play receiver. He is not going to log a ton of receptions, but he can come down with catches few others can make.
Shelton Gibson, Cleveland Heights, Ohio: We did not see Gibson until the last weekend of the summer camp season, but the Rivals250 prospect made a strong case to be included on this list with his performance at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights Camp. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect looked to be in great shape, and he was flying by defensive backs all day long. Quarterbacks could not adjust to his speed and regularly underthrew him.
Torii Hunter Jr., Prosper, Texas: The Texas prospect with a famous name showed he has big-time game when he stepped up on one of the summer's biggest stages, keying his team's win in 7-on-7 play at The Opening in July. The 6-foot, 172-pound Hunter is not the biggest wide receiver prospect around, but he proved to be very productive in Oregon, and his stock is on the rise as a result.
Andre Levrone, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel: Levrone went to the Top Gun Camp in Virginia last month looking to add another star next to his name, and he made a strong case to be considered for a bump in the rankings. At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Levrone has great size for the wide receiver position, but he compliments that by being a sure-handed pass catcher and having deceptive downfield speed.
Josh Malone, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp (2014): Malone came into the summer with eight scholarship offers to his credit and continued to raise his stock with performances at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Dallas and the Top Gun Camp in Virginia during the month of July. The 6-foot-3, 186-pound Malone has great size for the position, but he also has deceptive speed and is a precise route-runner.
Steven Mitchell, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany: Ranked as one of the nation's top eight wide receiver prospects in the class of 2013, Mitchell was highly regarded heading into summer, and he backed up that lofty status with performances at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, The Opening and Top Gun. At 5-foot-10 and 172 pounds, Mitchell is not a big wide receiver, but he has shown the ability to play on the outside or in the slot at the next level.
Speedy Noil, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr (2014): His real name is Devante, but the nickname "Speedy" certainly fits. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound New Orleans native is explosively fast, and he showcased that speed at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge and several college camps this summer. Noil is the cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace and has shown the potential to reach similarly high levels of the game.
James Onwualu, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall: The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Onwualu came into the recruiting process as an athlete prospect but has settled into the wide receiver role and will play there at Notre Dame. Active on the camp and combine scene since the end of his junior season, Onwualu's best performances of the off-season came at the Illinois NIKE Camp and the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Detroit in June.
Earnest Robinson, Pinson Valley, Ala.: The Southeast team at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge was loaded at the wide receiver position, but by week's end the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Robinson had separated himself from even that talented group with his smooth style of play and productivity. He was tabbed as the top wide receiver performer from the event and is a prospect whose stock is on the rise heading into the fall.
Artavis Scott, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake (2014): The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Scott is both a wide receiver and defensive back prospect; he played both at several camp stops this summer, including Ohio State's Friday Night Lights Camp last week. Scott was also a standout at Florida State's camp and the IMG 7-on-7 National Championships in July, and he has solidified his place among the prospects to watch from the Sunshine State in 2014.
Tony Stevens, Orlando (Fla.) Evans: Committed to Florida State since February, Stevens primarily limited himself to 7-on-7 tournaments this summer. He proved to be a strong starter, earning a top performer nod on the first day of the IMG 7-on-7 Championships and locking down the overall top offensive performer spot during round-robin play at Gridiron Kings. The 6-foot-3, 187-pounder's stock is on the rise.
Stanvon Taylor, Tulsa (Okla.) East Central: Listed as a cornerback prospect and headed to Oklahoma to play that position for the Sooners, Taylor did most of his damage on the summer camp scene from the wide receiver position. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect was tabbed as one of the top wide receivers at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and finished his summer with a strong weekend at the Gridiron Kings in Orlando.
Laquon Treadwell, Crete-Monee (Ill.): The wide receiver rankings are likely to see as much movement as any position when they are updated later this month, and the potential for a new No. 1 emerging exists. After a consistently impressive summer, Treadwell has put himself in the conversation for that top spot. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound receiver impressed at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, The Opening, Gridiron Kings and the Illinois NIKE Camp.
Levonte Whitfield, Orlando (Fla.) Jones: Whitfield earned rave reviews, not only from the media but also from the defensive backs he faced this summer. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect has slot receiver size but showed he can also stretch the field vertically with his speed. Besides boasting top-flight speed and quickness, Whitfield is also a very sure-handed receiver. He had standout performances at The Opening and Gridiron Kings events.
K.J. Williams, Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty (2014): The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Williams started off the summer by picking up his second scholarship offer of the process after camping at in-state school Pittsburgh. He then went out and had a standout showing at the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 National Championship and was named one of the top wide receiver performers at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Dallas.