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Top 20 wide receivers in the country heading into 2022 high school football season

Here are 20 wide receivers from 20 states who should have a 2022 season to remember
Ryan Wingo photo by Nate Latsch

Ryan Wingo photo by Nate Latsch

High school football is here again.

Several states kicked off their fall season last week and most of the rest start this week, so it's time to highlight some of the players who will attract national attention in 2022.

Over the past few weeks we've been taking a position-by-position look at some of the best players in the country. We started with the top edge rushers in the nation, shifted to running backs, and then finished the opening week by featuring the top linebackers.

Last week we featured the top quarterbacks, then the cornerbacks and finally the safeties.

Now it's the wide receivers' turn.

Here are 20 wide receivers from 20 states whom we expect to have a season worthy of national recognition.

Alabama: Perry Thompson, Foley, jr.

Thompson has drawn physical comparisons to fellow Foley native and Alabama Crimson Tide great Julio Jones. The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder made 53 catches for 661 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore, finishing with 814 all-purpose yards. Thompson committed to Alabama in June.

California: Jurrion Dickey, Menlo-Atherton, sr.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Dickey is physically imposing standing still. But when he goes up for the football he sets himself apart. "His catching radius is humongous," Menlo-Atherton coach Chris Saunders said of the five-star Oregon commit. "I've never seen a high school athlete be able to catch a ball basically anywhere in his region. He just goes up and gets it." 

Florida: Brandon Inniss, American Heritage, sr.

Inniss is an elite athlete who does it all. At quarterback last season, he threw for 604 yards, and he chipped in with 17 catches for 341 years and two touchdowns. "Brandon has got everything right now," coach Mike Smith said of the Ohio State commit who's the top-ranked senior receiver in Florida. "He's got the ranking. He's got the commitment. He's got all the accolades. Now, the last piece of the puzzle is, how do you solidify your legacy as a senior now."

Georgia: Za’Quan Bryan, Benedictine, sr.

The three-headed monster of Bryan, Holden Geriner and Justin Thomas led Benedictine to the Class 4A state title last season, and only Bryan remains from that trio. Bryan earned first-team SBLive All-State honors last season after catching 95 passes for 1,376 yards and scoring 17 total touchdowns. The Minnesota commit is also a shutdown corner and might end up playing there in college.

Indiana: Tae Johnson, Fort Wayne North Side, jr.

Johnson, considered by many to be Indiana's top football and basketball recruit in the Class of 2024, saw his production dip last season playing for a 2-7 team. The 6-foot-3 receiver jumped right onto the scene as a freshman, making 36 catches for 596 yards and seven touchdowns. He has the talent to double those numbers as a junior.

Louisiana: Shelton Sampson Jr., Baton Rouge Catholic, sr.

Sampson has had quite the high school career, winning back-to-back Division I state championships as a sophomore and junior and finishing second as a freshman. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound wideout committed to LSU this month as Baton Rouge Catholic starts the season as an overwhelming favorite to complete the three-peat.

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Michigan: Nick Marsh, River Rouge, jr.

Marsh is a solidly built 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver who became Michigan State's first Class of 2024 commitment last month. He models his game after former Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, hence the nickname "Megatron."

Mississippi: Ayden Williams, Ridgeland, sr.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Williams had 69 catches for 1,256 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games last season, earning first-team SBLive All-State honors. The three-sport star (basketball, track and field) committed to Ole Miss on Sunday.

Missouri: Ryan Wingo, St. Louis University, jr.

A five-star recruit, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Wingo is one of the premier skill players in the Midwest. He has already received more than 40 offers without playing a down of high school football as an upperclassman. Wingo accumulated more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns last season while nearly setting school records as a punter.

Nebraska: Dae’vonn Hall, Bellevue West, jr.

Hall had 43 catches for 592 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore and should make huge strides as a junior. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound speedster and two-sport star (basketball) is Nebraska's top-ranked junior recruit in football.

Nevada: Zachariah Branch, Bishop Gorman, sr.

Branch helped Bishop Gorman to yet another 5A state championship last year. The top-rated senior wide receiver in the country and USC commit had 48 catches for 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns, plus two punt returns for touchdowns in 2021. He was one of three juniors nominated for SBLive National Football Player of the Year.

North Carolina: Noah Rogers, Rolesville, sr.

Rogers put up huge numbers as a junior, making 70 catches for 1,432 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading Rolesville to the 4A state semifinals. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder and Inniss should make quite the pair catching passes for Ohio State next season and beyond.

Ohio: Anthony Brown, Springfield, sr.

Brown helped lead Springfield to the Division I state championship game as a junior, and he'll try to take the Wildcats one step further as a senior. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver decommitted from Minnesota in February and flipped to Kentucky in July.

Oklahoma: Cole Adams, Owasso, sr.

A 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster who also runs track, Adams caught 55 passes for 913 yards and eight touchdowns last season. The four-star all-purpose player also had three kick returns and a punt return for a touchdown, plus a rushing TD on 180 yards, averaging 10 yards per carry. Adams committed to Alabama in June. 

Pennsylvania: Tyseer Denmark, Philadelphia Roman Catholic, jr.

A 5-11, 180-pound receiver with blazing speed, Denmark recently trimmed his growing list of offers to 12 finalists. The four-star prospect is down to Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers and USC.

South Carolina: Mazeo Bennett, Greenville, jr.

Bennett was a big-play machine as a sophomore, averaging 26.4 yards on his 25 catches, five of them going for touchdowns. The four-star 6-foot, 180-pound receiver intends to take his recruitment process slow, waiting until next summer to choose his school.

Texas: Johntay Cook II, DeSoto, sr.

As a junior, the Texas commit hauled in 38 receptions for 806 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 21.2 yards per reception and reaching paydirt on an astounding 47.3% of his catches. The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver chose the Longhorns over Oregon and Michigan.

Virginia: Cameron Seldon, Northumberland, sr.

Seldon did it all as a junior, playing receiver, running back, edge, safety, plus returning punts and kicks. He's a physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds who also excels in track (sprints, jumps) and basketball. He could be a Percy Harvin-type player for Tennessee next season.

Washington: Rahshawn Clark, Federal Way, jr.

Clark is among 13 starters returning from a year ago for Federal Way, and the 6-foot, 180-pounder is a bluechip talent on both sides of the ball. Many see him more as a cornerback at the next level, but at this point he says he prefers offense because he's "really good with the ball in my hands, but I don't have a final decision yet." The elite athlete still has two more years of high school football to figure it out.

West Virginia: Jerrae Hawkins, Wheeling Park, jr.

Hawkins, the top-ranked recruit in West Virginia, averaged five catches and 96.3 receiving yards in six games as a sophomore, grabbing six touchdown passes. A state champion in the 100 and 200 meters, the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder reportedly ran a 4.25 in the 40-yard dash during a scout camp at Ohio State.