|J.J. Wills of Clovis High has emerged as the Cougars' top receiving option - and rising Class of 2016 prospect in the Central Valley (photo contributed).|
From Stockton, to Clovis, all the way to Long Beach, these 2015 and 2016 prospects have either landed their first offer or are leading the way for their teams' passing attack.
Here's the wideouts who caught CGM's attention this week:
DEMETRIUS FERGUSON, ST. MARY'S-STOCKTON
Already one of the top deep threats in the "delta," Ferguson (6-foot-2, 158-pounds) has added a fearlessness to his game; he's caught passes between two defenders and can haul down the touchdown. His burst off the snap, quick feet, route running and hands continue to make him a sleeper in Northern California.
More on Ferguson: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1875416/highlights/172007376
RANEIL ROGERS, WASHINGTON UNION-FRESNO
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Rogers - nicknamed "Mr. Go Get it" - has emerged as the Panthers' first big-play target since former WUHS great Deontay Greenberry (University of Houston). Rogers doesn't have Greenberry's speed, size or physical strength; but Rogers can break tackles, win one-on-one battles and stretch the field.
More on Rogers: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1963674/highlights/179008375
KAMRON LEWIS, EDISON-FRESNO
Lewis has been a mismatch for opposing cornerbacks, especially in man coverage. Lewis is yet to lose a one-on-one battle and defeats his opponents with his size (6-foot-3, 177-pounds), vertical jump (32 inches), and hands. I've been mostly impressed with his ability to finish his routes and he hasn't had any key drops. Lastly, he just landed his first offer from the University of Nevada.
More on Lewis: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1963674/highlights/179008375
DEONDRE VINES, PACIFICA-OXNARD
Like the rest of the 2015 guys on this list, Vines brings size (6-foot-3, 177-pounds) to the line. Except Vines has a smooth plant-and-go when he goes against press coverage. He fakes defenders to his right, sprints upfield, then hauls in the jump ball. He's a versatile weapon for the undefeated Tritons because he can return kicks and play free safety. Vines has 36 receptions, 907 yards, an average of 25.2 yards per catch and 12 touchdowns in seven games.
More on Vines: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1963674/highlights/179008375
CLASS OF 2016
J.J. WILLS, CLOVIS
The Cougars have started to find ways to utilize the 6-foot, 171-pound Wills, who's the son of former UCLA running back Shawn Wills. J.J. has a combined seven touchdowns in the first six games. As a receiver, J.J. impresses with his route running, hands and body control after a catch. His most exciting trait, though, is what he does after the catch - as he can turn a short pass into a 30+ yard gain.
More on Wills: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/635505/highlights/177935377
CHRIS PAZ, SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL-FRESNO
Once nicknamed "Megatron" during his youth football days in Reedley, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Paz has given the run-oriented Panthers a deep threat/possession target. Paz is one of the most physical targets in the Central Section and has also returned kicks.
More on Paz: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2596524/highlights/180307377
JACK JONES, LONG BEACH POLY
Could the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Jones become the next DeSean Jackson for the Jackrabbits? With his rapid fire feet and deep threat capability, Jones - who's already at five offers including a recent pledge from Texas Tech - has some of the smoothest routes and is looking like a young D-Jax or Michiah Quick of Oklahoma: