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2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Wide Receivers

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National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position? Who had positional needs to fill? And, obviously, who are the stars of tomorrow fans can look forward to at every position?

The growth of the spread offense has created a need for more pass-catchers. This means more smallish, quicker slot receivers who can make things happen with the ball in their hands. This means more rangy, vertical threats who can stretch the defense down the field. It means more big, physical red-zone targets. And the 2013 class is loaded with all of the above.

It also appears that catching passes for Johnny Manziel is appealing to high school athletes. The Aggies have the No. 3- (Ricky Seals-Jean), No. 5- (Derrick Griffin) and No. 13-rated (Sebastian Larue) wide receivers in the nation. Seals-Jean, listed at 6-5 and 225 pounds, and Griffin, listed at 6-5 and 215 pounds, gives Kevin Sumlin two of the biggest pass-catchers in the nation. Larue, at 5-11 and 185 pounds, gives the offense another dimension in the slot. Should Manziel stick around for more than one more season, he is assured an elite collection of wideouts.

The Washington Huskies aren't too far behind the Aggies in this class as they landed three of the top 25 wideouts in the nation. Demorea Stringfellow has an elite combination of size and speed and has No. 1 wide receiver written all over him. Darrell Daniels has a similar build and will push for early playing time as well while John Ross brings speed to the slot. Both Washington and Texas A&M recruited complete starting lineups (X, Y and Z) in this class.

The Florida Gators have a chance to challenge these two, however, should they land one of the remaining targets. Demarcus Robinson and Ahmad Fulwood are both ranked in the Top 12 nationally and both bring size and strength to a major position of need for the Gators. Oregon, Texas and Auburn also landed two of the nationally rated wideouts as well.

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Otherwise, Ole Miss, Baylor and Louisville landed their newest superstar with Laquon Treadwell, Robbie Rhodes and James Quick respectively. All three are special talents who will immediately change the dynamics of their respective offenses. Bears fans should be daydreaming about Rhodes in Art Briles' pass-happy system.

2013 Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ATH

 

Name

AC100

Hometown

Ht

Wt

Verbal

1.

Laquon Treadwell

No. 14

Crete, IL

6-3

195

Ole Miss

2.

Robert Foster

No. 23

Monaca, PA

6-3

190

Alabama

3.

Ricky Seals-Jean

No. 25

Sealy, TX

6-5

225

Texas A&M

4.

Robbie Rhodes

No. 28

Ft. Worth, TX

6-1

190

Baylor

5.

Derrick Griffin

No. 40

Rosenberg, TX

6-5

215

Texas A&M

6.

James Quick

No. 63

Louisville, KY

6-0

180

Louisville

7.

Stacy Coley

No. 64

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6-1

175

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8.

Steven Mitchell

No. 67

Mission Hills, CA

5-10

180

USC

9.

Demorea Stringfellow

No. 79

Moreno Valley, CA

6-3

195

Washington

10.

Demarcus Robinson

No. 81

Ft. Valley, GA

6-2

200

Florida

11.

Marquez North

No. 99

Charlotte, NC

6-3

215

Tennessee

12.

Ahmad Fulwood

No. 126

Jacksonville, FL

6-4

200

Florida

13.

Sebastian Larue

No. 127

Santa Monica, CA

5-11

185

Texas A&M

14.

Stanvon Taylor

No. 160

Tulsa, OK

5-11

165

Oklahoma

15.

Tony Stevens

No. 167

Orlando, FL

6-4

185

Auburn

16.

Torii Hunter Jr.

No. 168

Prosper, TX

6-0

175

Notre Dame

17.

Tyler Boyd

No. 179

Clairton, PA

6-1

170

Pitt

18.

Jason Smith

No. 180

Mobile, AL

6-1

190

Auburn

19.

Jordan Cunningham

No. 182

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6-1

175

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20.

John Ross

No. 186

Long Beach, CA

5-9

165

Washington

21.

Devon Allen

No. 189

Phoenix, AZ

6-1

190

Oregon

22.

Earnest Robinson

No. 190

Pinson Valley, AL

6-2

200

Auburn

23.

Jacorey Warrick

No. 197

Houston, TX

5-10

170

Texas

24.

Darrell Daniels

No. 200

Oakley, CA

6-3

210

Washington

25.

Shelton Gibson

No. 208

Cleveland Heights, OH

5-11

175

West Virginia

26.

Darren Carrington

No. 210

San Diego, CA

6-3

185

Oregon

27.

Jake Oliver

No. 235

Dallas, TX

6-4

205

Texas

View the complete 2013 Athlon Consensus 100

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