The state of Florida has always been known for speed, but now, they are really starting to combine that speed with size. When looking at the wide receiver class for 2012, the average size is, roughly, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. These are high school juniors, which means they are going to get bigger, stronger, and faster before even stepping foot on a college campus. There is a chance that these student-athletes could grow another inch or two and gain another 10 pounds. That is why more and more freshmen are able to step on campus and compete for early playing time. This class is full of guys that will play a great deal early in their collegiate careers.
Over the last few years, the state of Florida has produced some very talented players at the receiver position. In 2009, Andre Debose had a terrific early impact with the Florida Gators. Also, Rodney Smith and Willie Haulstead have performed very well for the Florida State Seminoles. In 2010, Chris Dunkley, who signed with the University of Florida and later transferred to the University of South Florida, was very highly touted out of high school and will be a welcomed addition to the Bulls roster. Seminole fans hope that 2010 signee Christian Green will continue to improve and make some major noise this year at Florida State, as he was an Army All-American in high school. Just this past year, for the 2011 class, Sammy Watkins, who signed with Clemson University, is being looked at as a major contributor early and often in his freshman season this year. Kelvin Benjamin is another one to watch this year at Florida State. He is a huge target with terrific athleticism.
There is a great deal of talent, this year, at the wide receiver position. Nelson Agholor is a game changer and quite possibly, the top wide receiver recruit in the nation. He has all the tools to be the "next big thing" at collegiate level and schools are drooling over this young man. Chris Black is another potential star from this class. He has narrowed his recruitment down to the University of Alabama, Florida State University, and the University of Florida. He has great hands and runs very crisp routes. Avery Johnson, the brother of Patrick Peterson, who was just drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Draft, is another one to watch this year. He has offers from just about everyone and when you watch him play, you will know why. He really attacks the ball at its highest point and plays fearless. If LSU can hold onto his commitment, they will be getting a very talented prospect.
Here are the wide receivers who made the FlaVarsity Top 160.
Buzz: There are not many prospects that could beat Howard in a foot race. He has tremendous speed and can really stretch the field. His athleticism speaks to his ability to play receiver or cornerback.
Schools in the mix: Central Florida, Cincinnati, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
Buzz: Montgomery is big, strong, and really uses his size well. He is a tough jam for corners because he is so physical off the line. He has great hands and does well at catching the ball at its highest point.
Schools in the mix: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Virginia Tech