Class of 2014 loaded with receivers

Originally Published: April 16, 2013
By Tom Luginbill | RecruitingNation

With the release of the ESPN 150 coming Thursday, we take a look at the top 10 wide receivers, plus a quick look at the class as a whole.

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Size, speed, strength. All shapes and sizes in this class, and if you include some prospects in the athlete category who could end up at receiver, there are plenty of offensive weapons for programs to pursue.

Toughest call: Size or speed?

Choosing size or speed when one trait really stands out over another made for some difficult decisions when we were putting the rankings together. Cameron Sims is a prime example of this. He's big, strong and acrobatic, but he might not time out as fast as you would like. Conversely, K.D. Cannon possesses the necessary speed and quickness, but he lacks the size, strength and physical stature you would ideally like to have.

Wide receiver hotbed: Louisiana

Louisiana boasts three wide receivers in the top six overall in this class, and four if you count projected WR Speedy Noil in the athlete category.

Under the radar: WR Jesse Jackson

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound wideout from Mississippi, is just starting to catch fire. We feel that after the spring evaluation period he will be much higher on recruiting boards than he is now. He's strong, fast and one of the best blockers at the position in this class.

Top 10 wide receivers

1. WR Ermon Lane
Homestead, Fla./ Homestead Senior
College: Undecided

Lane is a playmaker with sleek, fluid movements and the ability to play both inside and outside. He has good height and a leaner build, but looks to be able to add size and bulk while keeping his speed. His speed is good, but he's a bit of a short-stepper. He shows he can gain separation at the high school level. He has a quick first step to get into a route and flashes some lateral suddenness off the line. His start-and-stop ability gives him an advantage to find the crease in tight spaces with burst.
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