For the second year in a row, a player from Serra (Gardena, Calif.) tops our wide receiver rankings. Last year, it was Robert Woods, who’s already starting at USC as a true freshman. This year, it’s Cavaliers standout George Farmer.
Farmer is an incredible talent and could go down as one of the greatest athletes in the history of the state. He came within a hair of being the first athlete in state history to win three state titles in the same season as Serra took home state championships in football and basketball and Farmer finished second in the state 100m running a 10.51 losing in a photo finish.
On the gridiron, Farmer combines sprinters speed with a powerful body and looks more like a running back than a receiver. He has strong hands, runs well after the catch and just overpowers opposing defensive backs at the H.S level.
Kasen Williams is another big, physical receiver and received his first scholarship offer from Washington when he was just a freshman. Williams may not have great down field speed but is a big time athlete and is great in jump ball situations. He has won state titles in the long jump and high jump and should see the field early for the Huskies next season.
Devon Blackmon is one of the most explosive players in the country and might be the best receiver on this list after the catch. He’s still a bit raw as a pass catcher, as he plays more quarterback than receiver for his H.S. team but his upside is very high. His speed and elusiveness should allow him to make an early impact on special teams right away.
Victor Blackwell has all the tools to be a star at the next level. Injuries are the only thing that have slowed him down the last few seasons. When healthy, Blackwell is a true deep threat who can stretch a defense. He’s very polished and understands how to run his routes and set up defensive backs. He also has above average hands and toughness and just needs to continue to work on his overall strength and durability to be an impact player in college.
Brandin Cooks is the most polished receiver in the group. He was the WR MVP at the NIKE Camp at Stanford and had a great showing at the GridIron Kings event in Orlando, Fla. last summer. He’s quick off the line with great hands and understands how to get open and plays with a very high football IQ.
The Top 10
1. George Farmer, 6-2, 190, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Freak athlete who has sprinters speed and is built like a tank.
2. Kasen Williams, 6-2, 205, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline- Washington
Man-child at the position, has been state’s top WR since his sophomore season.
3. Devon Blackmon, 6-0, 155, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
Still raw at the position but has game breaking ability and excels after the catch.
4. Victor Blackwell, 6-1, 190, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- USC
Combines excellent speed with the ability to run routes and is very polished.
5. Brandin Cooks, 5-10, 160, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln- UCLA
Might have the best hands in the region and is very explosive as well.
6. Antoine Arnold, 6-4, 165, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral
Plays with a lot of swagger but has always been able to back it up.
7. B.J. Kelley, 6-2, 175, Fresno (Calif.) Central
Has game-breaking speed and can stretch any defense.
8. Devin Lucien, 6-1, 190, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Very polished receiver with strong hands, will play early in college
9. Jamaal Jones, 6-2, 175, Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin- Washington
Has excellent size, runs well for a big wide out and has strong hands.
10. David Richards, 6-2, 200, Palmdale (Calif.)
Big, physical receiver who can get deep as well.
The Next 10:
11. Nelson Spruce, 6-2, 190, Westlake (Calif.)
12. Patrick Onwuasor, 6-2, 195, Inglewood (Calif.)
13. Rahmel Dockery, 5-10, 160, University Place (Wash.) Curtis
14. Richard Mullaney, 6-2, 185, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) -- Oregon State
15. Nate Fakahafua, 6-4, 195, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland -- Utah
16. Tyler Trosin, 6-0, 170, Folsom (Calif.)
17. Blair Holiday, 6-2, 185, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian -- Duke
18. Kori Babineaux, 6-3, 190, Folsom (Calif.)
19. Josh Perkins, 6-4, 180, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr -- Washington
20. Paul Pitts, 5-11, 180, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos -- San Diego State
Greg Biggins is an occasional contributor to the ESPNLosAngeles.com Preps Blog. For more recruiting news, check out his Insider blog on West Coast recruiting.