Class of 2022: Wide Receiver/Playmakers

Wide Receivers are vital for an offense to be able to function at peak capacity. As you need contributions from them on the outside and inside of the numbers to run an effective scheme. Having game changing playmakers at this position can take an offense to another level. As these players can dominate their matchup […]

Wide Receivers are vital for an offense to be able to function at peak capacity. As you need contributions from them on the outside and inside of the numbers to run an effective scheme. Having game changing playmakers at this position can take an offense to another level. As these players can dominate their matchup game in and game out and be a consistent weapon for their Quarterback to get the ball too. The Class of 2022 has a handful of talented wide receivers worth highlighting, that could make a major impact on their respective teams next season. Which is why this piece will look to elaborate on the abilities of these young pass catchers.

The first receiver to analyze is Josh Gary of St. John’s High School. This 5’11” around 170 lbs. receiver should get an opportunity to be more of an impact player on St. John’s offense. This young receiver has the physical tools with the developing technical skills to be a tough cover on the outside. In terms of the strong points of his game these include his willingness to block, his good footwork, and reliable hands. Gary’s ability and want to block on the outside is an underrated skill in wide receivers. He does a great job continuing his blocks downfield, not letting up until the whistle blows. His hands and footwork are also strong points of his game. As he catches any ball in his general vicinity consistently with his hands. He also does a great job getting in and out of cuts smooth, rarely rounding off his routes. These skills are very essential to making a good wide receiver. The parts of Gary’s game that can grow further is his route running and continuing to showcase his versatility. Every receiver can always improve their route running and if Gary does this further, he will see more targets. Plus, the fact that he showed the ability to play both outside the numbers and in the slot makes him an intriguing asset. Gary as far as interest he has generated from college programs has currently one offer from Liberty University. Though with a breakout campaign this coming season interest in his services will rise. Josh Gary overall did not get a ton of opportunities last season on offense to get touches. With the departure of some upperclassmen his chance to get more reps will increase significantly. Which means this young receiver will showcase more of the talent many have yet to see at the varsity level.

The next receiver to highlight is Oak Christian High School’s Khari Butler. This 6’2” 201 lbs. pass catcher has a physical gift that complement his improving technical skills well. On film Butler shows tremendous strong hands, catching the ball with his hands far more than his body. He does a great job snagging balls on the move and keeping stride when running routes full speed. He because he is a sizeable target gives his quarterback a wider area to get him the football. As due to his length he can make tough contested catches and catches in the middle of the field in congested pockets. Butler also has good breakaway speed, showing the ability to shift gears effortlessly. Butler has seen his production increase from freshman to sophomore year, meaning his junior year should see another jump. With offers from Illinois State, Oregon, and USC Butler has only scratched the surface of what interest he could draw. With further opportunities this coming season. Coupled with improvements to his route running, along with more physical maturity. Butler will establish himself as one of the next talented wide receiver prospects in the country.

The next receiver to mention is De’Nylon Morrissette of Marrietta High School. This 6’2” 187 lbs. target has great size and ability at his position. On tape Morrissette displays a great ability to make contested catches on a regular basis. Providing his quarterback, a trusted target he can throw a 50/50 ball to and have faith he will come down with it. He is very physical as a receiver, fighting for the ball and using his size and strength to out battle defenders. He also runs very physical after the catch, never allowing the first defender to bring him down. He runs solid routes but can still improve this skill further. Morrissette utilizes his physicality in his blocking as well, in both the running game and on screens. Finishing his block al the way through the whistle. The speed and excellent burst he showcases after a catch or during a route stands out on film. As he can turn up field and run away from defenders in an instant generating big plays for his offense. Morrissette because of all these talents has generated interest from several college programs already. He currently has 8 offers, from schools including Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The talent is clearly being recognized by scouts and with further production this coming season his name should only get bigger.

The final player to look at is Bryce Dunn of Frederick Douglass. This around 6’0” 177lbs. receiver has all the skills to have a breakout campaign this coming year. As he continues to grow into his frame he will turn into a sizeable target on the outside for Frederick Douglass. He runs good routes and cuts well making sure to not round off his routes and make them easy to defend. He is good at creating yards after the catch and generating first downs for his team. He has deceptive speed, but his quickness is what allows him to create separation from defenders often. Dunn now seeks a chance at more reps to make even more of an impact next season with Frederick Douglass. With more opportunities this will help him draw interest from schools and begin to generate offers. Dunn may be somewhat overlooked now but once his presence is felt on the field next season, he will become a more household name as a receiver prospect.

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