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Category rankings: Wide receivers

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Video: Best WRs by category | VOTE: Deep threat | Hands | Best after catch | Best athlete
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The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.
We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the wide receivers.
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WR RANKINGS: Best deep threat | Best hands | Best after catch | Best athlete
BEST DEEP THREAT
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5. SHAQUELLE EVANS, Inglewood (Calif.) High
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Evans highlightsClick Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-0/203
THE BUZZ: He possesses good speed and a powerful running style, which allow him to excel as a receiver and return man.
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Bowman highlightsClick 4. MICHAEL BOWMAN, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/206
THE BUZZ: Used his deceptive speed, great height and good hands to turn 27 catches into 13 TDs last season.
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Randle highlightsClick 3. RUEBEN RANDLE, Bastrop (La.) High Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/195
THE BUZZ: He has good size and used it to lead his team to a state championship last season.
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Boyd highlightsClick 2. JHERANIE BOYD, Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/184
THE BUZZ: His great speed, good height and body control allow him to get behind defenders.
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Jefferson highlightsClick 1. ROLANDO JEFFERSON, Fresno (Calif.) Edison Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/190
THE BUZZ: Uses deceptive speed, great body control and excellent hands to get deep.
OTHERS: Kraig Appleton, East St. Louis (Ill.) High; Kenny Bell, Rayville (La.) High; Andre Debose, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole; Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey (Ohio State commitment); Nu'Keese Richardson, Pahokee (Fla.) High (Florida commitment).
BEST HANDS
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Jeffrey highlightsClick 5. ALSHON JEFFREY, St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County Here to view this Link.
COMMITMENT: USC
PARTICULARS: 6-3/214
THE BUZZ: Had a phenomenal performance at the Chapel Hill Nike Camp, catching everything in sight.
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Jefferson highlightsClick 4. ROLANDO JEFFERSON, Fresno (Calif.) Edison Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/190
THE BUZZ: Made some acrobatic catches last season that would leave you slack-jawed.
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Randle highlightsClick 3. RUEBEN RANDLE, Bastrop (La.) High Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/195
THE BUZZ: He is the closest in this group of receivers to Julio Jones and A.J. Green of last year.
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McNeal highlightsClick 2. BRYCE MCNEAL, Minneapolis Breck Here to view this Link.
COMMITMENT: Michigan
PARTICULARS: 6-2/170
THE BUZZ: If the ball is within reach, this sure-handed receiver will make the catch.
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Patterson highlightsClick 1. PATRICK PATTERSON, Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/215
THE BUZZ: Catches ball at highest point and away from his body, whether in traffic or wide open.
OTHERS: Michael Bowman, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland; Marlon Brown, Memphis Harding Academy; Keenan Davis, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Washington; Jemari Roberts, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson College Prep; Greg Timmons, Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower (Texas commitment).
BEST AFTER CATCH
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Richardson highlightsClick 5. NU'KEESE RICHARDSON, Pahokee (Fla.) High Here to view this Link.
COMMITMENT: Florida
PARTICULARS: 5-8/151
THE BUZZ: He reminds me of a cross between Jacquez Green and Santana Moss.
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Boyd highlightsClick 4. JHERANIE BOYD, Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/184
THE BUZZ: Good speed and superior leaping ability make for an explosive receiver who can do something with the ball after the catch.
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Evans highlightsClick 3. SHAQUELLE EVANS, Inglewood (Calif.) High Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-0/203
THE BUZZ: Possesses great speed and the build of a large back, making him hard to bring down.
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Debose highlightsClick 2. ANDRE DEBOSE, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-0/170
THE BUZZ: This receiver actually had more carries from the tailback position last year, so he knows what to do with the ball in his hands.
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Carroll highlightsClick 1. RANDALL CARROLL, Los Angeles Cathedral Here to view this Link.
COMMITMENT: USC
PARTICULARS: 5-10/175
THE BUZZ: Has great track speed and runs with the attitude of a running back.
OTHERS: Marlon Brown, Memphis Harding Academy; Terry Hawthorne, East St. Louis (Ill.) High; Rolando Jefferson, Fresno (Calif.) Edison; Rueben Randle, Bastrop (La.) High; Je'Ron Stokes, Philadelphia Northeast (Tennessee commitment).
BEST ATHLETE
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Appleton highlightsClick 5. KRAIG APPLETON, East St. Louis (Ill.) High Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/190
THE BUZZ: Speedy receiver also is the state champion in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
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Downs highlightsClick 4. WILLIE DOWNS, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby Here to view this Link.
COMMITMENT: Florida State
PARTICULARS: 6-2/192
THE BUZZ: Two-way star also competes in four track events for Godby.
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3. JHERANIE BOYD, Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook
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Boyd highlightsClick Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/184
THE BUZZ: State finalist in the 100 and 200 meters, along with being a top-flight football prospect.
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2. RANDALL CARROLL, Los Angeles Cathedral
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Carroll highlightsClick Here to view this Link.
COMMITMENT: USC
PARTICULARS: 5-10/175
THE BUZZ: Two-way starter also is one of the top track stars in California.
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Brown highlightsClick 1. MARLON BROWN, Memphis Harding Academy Here to view this Link.
PARTICULARS: 6-5/205
THE BUZZ: A great receiver prospect, he also scored 35 points in guiding his team to victory in the state basketball championship game.
OTHERS: Andre Debose, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole; Shaquelle Evans, Inglewood (Calif.) High; Alshon Jeffrey, St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County (USC commitment); Bryce McNeal, Minneapolis Breck (Michigan commitment); Rueben Randle, Bastrop (La.) High.
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