Here is a peek ahead at five of the top wide receiver recruits in the Class of 2015.
We’ve pinpointed five of the best wide receivers in the Class of 2015 and given them a full breakdown, including scouting report, pro/college comparison and recruiting update. To finish it off, we introduce one under-the-radar recruit to watch.
School: Warren Easton (New Orleans)
Led by blue-chip prospects RB Leonard Fournette, QB Speedy Noil and OL Cameron Robinson, the Pelican State boasted a sensational Class of 2014 talent. Leading the Class of 2015 crop in Louisiana is Johnson, a sure-handed receiver with exceptional after-the-catch ability for his size. Johnson earned Class 4A All-State first team honors last fall with a 1,300-yard and 20-touchdown season.
Scouting Report: An explosive receiver with great speed and playmaking ability. A major weapon after the catch but can also stress a defense vertically as a route runner. Has all the measurables and tools to develop into a top-flight college receiver. Check out Johnson’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Justin Blackmon. Johnson is not under the radar like the former Oklahoma State star at this stage, but he could develop into a similar college playmaker with his speed on the outside and natural big-play ability.
Recruiting Skinny: LSU is considered the favorite to land the talented receiver, but programs such as Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Tulane, Texas A&M, Florida State and Texas Tech remain in the mix.
School: Cedar Hill (Texas)
Lodge is the latest top national prospect out of Dallas-area power Cedar Hill. While Lodge didn’t have flashy stats as a sophomore on a loaded Longhorns offense, his talent was a known commodity. With many a verbal offer already in the books, Lodge had his official coming out party in 2013 as a junior, plucking 72 passes out of the air for 1,255 yards and 25 touchdowns to lead Cedar Hill to the Class 5A, Division II state title.
Scouting Report: Lodge is a refined receiver with size and polished skill set. Not an elite runner, but he has a knack for reading defenses and getting open and is a very difficult one-on-one matchup with his length, athleticism and big hands. The sky is the limit as he continues to get bigger and more explosive. Check out Lodge’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Jaz Reynolds. With added size and strength, Lodge could blossom into a physical mismatch at the college level like the budding Oklahoma star.
Recruiting Skinny: Lodge has been rumored to have many leaders in recent months, but the two schools that have been consistently mentioned are Baylor and Texas A&M. If there is an upset in Lodge’s recruitment, LSU or Ole Miss could be the pick.
School: Rock Bridge (Columbia, Mo.)
The son of Rock Bridge head coach A.J. Ofodile, Alex has been a force in the Show Me State the last two seasons. As a sophomore, the technically advanced receiver caught 60 passes for 824 yards and five touchdowns. In 2013, he hauled in a whopping 92 passes for 1,293 yards and 14 scores. Following the standout season that broke school records in receptions and yards, Ofodile earned Class 6 All-State first team honors.
Scouting Report: Ofodile is a fundamentally sound receiver who understands the nuances of the position and is one of the more savvy receivers in this class. In addition to that polish, this is a prospect with size, speed and explosive strength to win jump balls and break tackles. He should be ready to contribute early at the next level. Check out Ofodile’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Kenny Stills. The Oklahoma Sooners are in the running for Ofodile, and he is similar to the former OU star and current New Orleans Saint with his savvy and consistency.
Recruiting Skinny: The Missouri Tigers are considered the favorite due to family ties, proximity and scheme. Should Missouri not be the pick, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama are all under consideration, with the Sooners in the best position to pull the upset.
School: Monarch (Coconut Creek, Fla.)
Ridley flew under the national radar as a sophomore at Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.), but that all changed as a junior at Monarch. All Ridley did last season was catch 41 passes for 1,131 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead Monarch to the playoffs. He was selected to the Class 8A All-State second team following the season.
Scouting Report: Ridley is an explosive and dynamic playmaker. Can stretch the field and stress a defense vertically and move the chains after the catch with great speed and elusiveness after the catch. Still refining his skill set, but one of the more naturally gifted receivers in this class. Check out Ridley’s video highlights here.
Comparison: T.J. Jones. Like the Notre Dame senior at this stage in his career, Ridley is a dynamic playmaker who could probably be recruited at multiple positions but receiver should offer the most value.
Recruiting Skinny: Miami (FL) was long thought to be the front-runner for Ridley, but Alabama made a strong move and landed his commitment April 19.
School: Lovejoy (Ga.)
Nagging injuries kept Williams off the football field as a sophomore, but he had a breakout season on the track that spring. His athleticism showed on the track with an appearance at the Georgia state meet in the triple jump and the long jump. Back on the field as a junior, the quickly developing playmaker caught 55 passes for 1,389 yards and 13 touchdowns to earn Class 6A All-State first team honors.
Scouting Report: One of the more impressive physical athletes in this class, Williams is a one-on-one mismatch on the outside with a supreme blend of size and athleticism. A very refined route runner who is crisp for such a big receiver with the explosive burst to separate out of breaks and after the catch. Check out Williams’ video highlights here.
Comparison: Martavis Bryant. Williams may have a slightly bigger frame at this stage but is similar to the former Clemson wideout and 2014 NFL Draft first-round hopeful in that he can flat out run and make plays as a big receiver.
Recruiting Skinny: Williams has been committed to Tennessee since September of 2013. The competition for the Vols continues to be relentless from Georgia and Florida, but Williams has remained a solid pledge to Tennessee despite making a number of unofficial visits.
John Humphrey Jr.
School: Clear Falls (League City, Texas)
In the early 90s, Galveston Ball running back and kick returner John Humphrey dazzled on Friday nights as one of the most explosive prospects in the country. Fast forward 20 years and Humphrey’s son is now making his own mark, but at wide receiver and cornerback. A late developer physically, Humphrey Jr. was a speedy player as a sophomore who clocked 4.4 40-yard dashes at multiple events. But he came into his own as a junior, hauling in 66 passes for 816 yards and six touchdowns. With his speed and physical upside now apparent, Baylor landed his commitment April 15 over programs such as Oklahoma, Clemson, TCU, Missouri and Texas Tech. Check out Humphrey’s video highlights here.