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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BEST DEEP THREAT
5. SHAQUELLE EVANS, Inglewood (Calif.) High
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THE BUZZ: He possesses good speed and a powerful running style, which allow him to excel as a receiver and return man.
THE BUZZ: Used his deceptive speed, great height and good hands to turn 27 catches into 13 TDs last season.
THE BUZZ: He has good size and used it to lead his team to a state championship last season.
THE BUZZ: His great speed, good height and body control allow him to get behind defenders.
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).
Jeffrey highlightsClick 5. ALSHON JEFFREY, St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County Here to view this Link.
THE BUZZ: Had a phenomenal performance at the Chapel Hill Nike Camp, catching everything in sight.
THE BUZZ: Made some acrobatic catches last season that would leave you slack-jawed.
THE BUZZ: He is the closest in this group of receivers to Julio Jones and A.J. Green of last year.
THE BUZZ: If the ball is within reach, this sure-handed receiver will make the catch.
Patterson highlightsClick 1. PATRICK PATTERSON, Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County Here to view this Link.
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
THE BUZZ: He reminds me of a cross between Jacquez Green and Santana Moss.
THE BUZZ: Good speed and superior leaping ability make for an explosive receiver who can do something with the ball after the catch.
THE BUZZ: Possesses great speed and the build of a large back, making him hard to bring down.
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.
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).
THE BUZZ: Speedy receiver also is the state champion in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
COMMITMENT: Florida State
THE BUZZ: Two-way star also competes in four track events for Godby.
3. JHERANIE BOYD, Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook
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THE BUZZ: State finalist in the 100 and 200 meters, along with being a top-flight football prospect.
2. RANDALL CARROLL, Los Angeles Cathedral
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THE BUZZ: Two-way starter also is one of the top track stars in California.
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.