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2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: WR/TE

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- by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The next batch of in-coming college football All-Americans have inked their respective letters of intent. Recruiting is the life blood of the greatest sport on the planet, and, while coaching stills plays the biggest role in winning a championship, having better players can go a long way to earning a trip to the BCS.

Recruiting is an inexact science by definition. It is virtually impossible to accurately peg the mental make-up of any 17-year old child -- much less high-profile, over-coddled 17-year-old athletes. But team recruiting rankings offer the best indication of which team has the best ingredients each coach has to work with each season.

Related:Athlon's Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2012

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No receiving class will ever compare to the 2008 haul that included top-100 talents like Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Michael Floyd, Jonathan Baldwin, DeAndre Brown, DeVier Posey and Joe Adams. But the 2012 group can make the case that it has the most highly-touted wide recevier to enter the collegiate ranks in years. He is the nation's all-time leading prep receiver and is the No. 1 prospect in the nation. And he is going to Missouri.

Here are the best incoming wide receivers in the nation (tight ends below):

 

Name

HT

WT

Hometown

AC100

College

1.

Dorial Green-Beckham

6'6"

220

Springfield, MO

No. 1

Missouri

2.

Eddie Williams

6'3"

204

Panama City Beach, FL

No. 12

Alabama

3.

Nelson Agholor

6'1"

180

Tampa, FL

No. 26

USC

4.

Thomas Johnson

5'11"

180

Dallas, TX

No. 29

Texas A&M

5.

Shaq Roland

6'1"

173

Lexington, SC

No. 41

South Carolina

6.

Chris Black

5'11"

180

Jacksonville, FL

No. 42

Alabama

7.

Deontay Greenberry

6'3"

185

Fresno, CA

No. 52

Houston

8.

Amari Cooper

6'1"

185

Miami, FL

No. 58

Alabama

9.

Cayleb Jones

6'3"

198

Austin, TX

No. 59

Texas

10.

Durron Neal

6'1"

195

St. Louis, MO

No. 74

Oklahoma

11.

Germone Hopper

6'

170

Charlotte, NC

No. 81

Clemson

12.

Kendall Sanders

6'

175

Athens, TX

No. 87

Texas

13.

Bryce Treggs

5'11"

171

Bellflower, CA

No. 92

Cal

14.

Joel Caleb

6'3"

205

Midlothian, VA

No. 95

Virginia Tech

15.

JaQuay Williams

6'4"

205

Tyrone, GA

No. 99

Auburn

16.

Sterling Shepard

5'11"

185

Oklahoma City, OK

No. 100

Oklahoma

17.

Aaron Burbridge

6'1"

190

Farmington Hills, MI

No. 104

Michigan State

18.

Ricardo Louis

6'2"

210

Miami Beach, FL

No. 121

Auburn

19.

Jordan Payton

6'2"

205

Westlake Village, CA

No. 124

UCLA

20.

Darreus Rogers

6'2"

195

Compton, CA

No. 125

USC

21.

Domnique Wheeler

6'1"

176

Crockett, TX

No. 127

Texas Tech

22.

Gabriel Marks

5'11"

175

Los Angeles, CA

No. 131

Washington St

23.

Eugene Lewis

6'2"

185

Wilkes-Barre, PA

No. 151

Penn State

24.

Avery Johnson

6'2"

180

Pompano Beach, FL

No. 166

LSU

25.

Darius Powe

6'2"

186

Lakewood, CA

No. 168

Cal

26.

Malcolm Lewis

6'

194

Miramar, FL

No. 173

Miami, Fla.

27.

D'Vario Montgomery

6'3"

210

Winter Park, FL

No. 174

USF

28.

Drae Bowles

6'1"

198

Jackon, TN

No. 180

Tennessee

29.

Leonte Carroo

6'1"

190

Edison, NJ

No. 185

Rutgers

30.

Justin Ferguson

6'2"

205

Pembroke Pines, FL

No. 186

Notre Dame

31.

Reginald Davis

6'1"

185

Tenaha, TX

No. 187

Texas Tech

32.

Quinshad Davis

6'4"

185

Gaffney, SC

No. 195

North Carolina

33.

Latroy Pittman

6'

195

Citra, FL

No. 203

Florida

34.

Brandon Shepard

6'1"

195

Creve Coeur, MO

No. 205

Oklahoma St

35.

Corey Coleman

5'11"

180

Richardson, TX

No. 208

Baylor

36.

Derrick Woods

6'1"

185

Inglewood, CA

No. 210

Oklahoma

37.

Dwayne Stanford

6'5"

185

Cincinnati, OH

No. 213

Oregon

38.

Alton Howard

5'9"

180

Orlando, FL

No. 219

Tennessee

39.

Cedric Dozier

5'11"

175

Lakewood, WA

No. 232

Cal

40.

Kwinton Smith

6'4"

206

Hamer, SC

No. 235

South Carolina

41.

Jason Croom

6'5"

200

Norcross, GA

No. 240

Tennessee

42.

Jaydon Mickens

5'11"

175

Los Angeles, CA

No. 257

Washington

Here are the best incoming tight ends in the nation:

 

Name

HT

WT

Hometown

AC100

College

1.

Kent Taylor

6'5"

225

Land O'Lakes, FL

No. 65

Florida

2.

Ricky Parks

6'4"

235

Hogansville, GA

No. 90

Auburn

3.

Colin Thompson

6'4"

252

Warminster, PA

No. 136

Florida

4.

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick

6'5"

260

Rocklin, CA

No. 145

USC

5.

Pharaoh Brown

6'6"

220

Lyndhurst, OH

No. 168

Oregon

6.

John Thomas*

6'5"

245

Bossier City, LA

No. 220

LSU

7.

Taylor McNamara

6'5"

235

San Diego, CA

No. 234

Oklahoma

8.

Sean Price

6'3"

235

Citra, FL

No. 236

USF

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College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Backs
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Offensive Linemen
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College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Athletes