JEFFREY THOMAS'S NEWS
Texas' best WRs for 2012
1. Cayleb Jones, Austin High
2. Thomas Johnson, Skyline
3. Dominique Wheeler, Crockett
4. Reginald Davis, Tenaha
5. Jaevon Richardson, Baytown Lee
6. Trent Momon, Hempstead
7. Kiante Griffin, Hebron
8. Jeffrey Thomas, Duncanville
9. Tray Rabon, Skyline
Two years ago, Austin High reciever Cayleb Jones was as dominant at his position as Aledo runner Jonathan Gray was at his. Jones caught 91 passes for over 1,000 yards, unheard of numbers for any receiver but especially a sophomore. Like Gray, Jones has serious bloodlines that help account for his skills…his father is former Dallas Cowboy linebacker Robert Jones. Due to injury, Jones had a junior campaign that fell far short of his sophomore season. However, he still averaged nine receptions a game and remains the prototype X receiver in this class at 6 foot, 3 inches tall.
Aggie commit Trent Momon is raw, but very explosive.
Even so, it is the relative newcomers to this class that are the hot commodities among college coaches. Ironically enough, despite the proliferation of spread offenses at the high school level in Texas, the trend has been toward athletes as quarterbacks rather than passers and these athletes are being recruited as college receivers. They generally include prospects at the smallest classifications, such as Crockett's Dominique Wheeler, Tenaha's Reginald Davis, and Hempstead's Trent Momon.
Wheeler and Davis spent most of their time at quarterback last season running with the ball of throwing it instead of catching it. Wheeler averaged an astounding 15 yards per carry running the ball. He has speed that on film makes everyone else look like they are standing still, especially in terms of his acceleration through trouble. He goes from first to fifth gear in the blink of an eye. Davis is more elusive with extremely quick feet and the ability to escape negative circumstances and make big plays out of certain losses. Momon actually plays receiver and although he is unpolished, he has two major attributes: fantastic hand-eye coordination with the ability to catch the ball with his hands away from his body. He's also very physical as evidenced by the fact that he plays safety and averages 8.5 tackles per game.
Dallas Skyline's Johnson was actually a quarterback in 2009 at a private school in the Metroplex before returning to receiver with the Raiders. He missed most of the season due to a high ankle sprain but in limited action showed the ability to make people miss even when they are right up on him and make the tough catch. He's a little smoother and a bit faster than Wheeler, which gives him a slight edge.
Richardson actually has played receiver for two years and despite not being as explosive as Wheeler, Johnson, or Davis, is elusive and can adjust to balls thrown behind him. In addition, he excels at catching the ball at the top of his jump. Thomas came on late last season and although he is said to lack top end speed, he has good run after the catch skills for a guy that is 6 foot 3. He uses his size and leaping ability to outfight defenders for jump balls. West is a strong, physical receiver who also plays defensive end.
Griffin was injured most of last season and his numbers were down from those he had as a junior. He can be a physical receiver capable of playing cornerback and is elusive enough to be a factor in the return game when healthy.
Even though he plays in the same offense as Johnson and has had to endure inconsistent quarterback play, Rabon has show himself to be a solid receiver in his own right.
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