Last week I called Texas the Land of Running Backs…today I call Louisiana the Land of Wide Receivers. Five of the top twenty-five receivers in the 247Sports.com composite rankings hail from the Bayou State.
Brian Thomas, Jr. of Walker High is ranked as the No. 2 overall college football wide receiver prospect. On Monday, Thomas talked about his final four schools — Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M.
Thomas didn’t play football until his sophomore season.
The other top-ranked Louisiana receivers are: Chris Hilton of Zachary at No. 5, Keon Coleman of Opelousas Catholic at No. 14, Destyn Pazon of Edna Karr at No. 18 and Malik Nabers of Comeaux at No. 20.
The No. 1 college football recruit at the position is Emeka Egbuka at Seilacoom High in Washington. Egbuka, who has been starting since his freshman season, had an outstanding junior season with 65 catches for nearly 1,500, averaging 22-yards per catch with 22 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he caught 72 balls with 23 TDs.
Neither Egbuka or Thomas have given their verbal commitments, but No. 3 Troy Franklin of Menlo-Atherton in California has said yes to Oregon.
The No. 4 prospect is Jayden Ballard of Massillon Washington High in Ohio, who has committed to Ohio State.
Wide Receivers, Class of 2021
No. 1 Emeka Egbuka – Seilacoom (Washington) – Uncommitted
No. 2 Brian Thomas, Jr. – Walker (Louisiana) – Uncommitted
No. 3 Troy Franklin – Menlo-Atherton (California) – Oregon
No. 4 Jayden Ballard – Massillon Washington (Ohio) – Ohio State
No. 5 Chris Hilton – Zachary (Louisiana) – Uncommitted
No. 6 Cody Jackson – Foster (Texas) – Oklahoma
No. 7 Deion Smith – Provine (Mississippi) – LSU
No. 8 Jacorey Brooks – Booker T. Washington (Miami, Florida) – Alabama
No. 9 Dont’e Thornton – Mount St. Joseph (Maryland) – Uncommitted
No. 10 JoJo Earle – Aledo (Texas) – LSU
No. 11 Xavier Worthy – Central (Fresno, California) – Uncommitted
No. 12 Agiye Hall – Bloomingdale (Florida) – Alabama
No. 13 Deion Colzie – Athens Academy (Georgia) – Uncommitted
No. 14 Keon Coleman – Opelousas Catholic (Louisiana) – Uncommitted
No. 15 Christian Leary – Edgewater (Florida) – Alabama
No. 16 Malcolm Johnson, Jr. – St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Maryland) – Uncommitted
No. 17 Mario Williams – Plant City (Florida) – Oklahoma
No. 18 Destyn Pazon – Edna Karr (Louisiana) – Uncommitted
No. 19 Lorenzo Styles, Jr. – Pickerington Central (Ohio) – Notre Dame
No. 20 Malik Nabers – Comeaux (Louisiana) – Uncommitted
No. 21 Ketron Jackson – Royse City (Texas) – Uncommitted
No. 22 Marcus Burke – Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida) – Uncommitted
No. 23 Jailil Farooq – Wise (Maryland) – Uncommitted
No. 24 Quaydarius Davis – Skyline (Texas) – USC
No. 25 Beaux Collins – St. John Bosco (California) – Clemson