Receivers have a tough job ahead of them this high school football season. The list of recent graduates who went on to successful college careers and NFL Draft nominations continues to grow, from Michael Pitts to Amon-Ra St. Louis. Brown to Drake London.
Who will separate this season? Will USC do Makai Lemon or Los Alamitos? He caught 15 touchdowns last season.
Tiger Bachmeier of the Murrieta Valley is a member of Stanford University and also a top pole vaulter. Such athleticism makes him an excellent target, and his brother Bear will pass him.
UCLA’s Grant Gray from Norco has great pattern tracing, amazing hands and incredible versatility. He is also the best baseball player.
Long Beach Milliken ordered Warren to transfer Jordan Anderson and the returning Ryan Pellum, both juniors heavily recruited by the colleges.
The younger Aaron Butler of Calabasas is a USC employee. Carlos Hernandez of Monrovia is loyal to Washington State and catches a lot of passes. The younger Jason Robinson of Long Beach Poly is a USC employee.
The city section has a strong trio of top receivers: Lincoln’s Jayden Rattay, Franklin’s Hector Ceballos and Birmingham’s Peyton Waters. Ceballos set a city section record with 27 receptions in one game.
Mission Viejo has one of the best reception duos in Mikey Matthews and Jackson Holman. Delano Franklin of Bishop Amat made 38 catches as a junior.
Golden Valley’s Ajani Smith and Oxnard’s Eli Aragon are ready for big seasons. Josiah Phillips of Sierra Canyon didn’t play last season, focusing on basketball. He’s back and full of potential. Corona Centennial features senior Malachi Riley and sophomore sensation Corey Butler. Warren’s Jordan Ross will be a big target.
Chase Farrell of Oaks Christian has speed and good hands. Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Jack Ressler could be a prime target for quarterback Elijah Brown.
Tough ends will also make an impact, led by San Pedro’s Nick Fernandez and Santa Margarita’s Nico Lopez.