There's plenty of talent at receiver for 2011, but seeing the field early is also about opportunity and drive. Is there an A.J. Green or Julio Jones in this class, top prospect that has what it takes to see the field early?
Let's take a look at the top incoming receivers for 2011.
Top Five top Watch for 2011
DeAnthony Arnett, Tennessee - Coach Derek Dooley wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms last fall, but I see this as one of the more underrated / up-and-coming offenses in the country. With Tyler Bray heading into his second year at quarterback and running back Tauren Poole back for another year, the only piece is finding replacements at receiver. Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones are gone. Arnett should slide right in the rotation with Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson - If there is one area the Tigers could use an infusion of talent it is at receiver. DeAndre Hopkins and Jaron Brown stepped up in 2010, but with Chad Morris now in charge of the offense, they need more bodies, plain and simple. Watkins and a trio of Tigers freshman could see early playing time this fall. Look for Watkins to be utilized in a variety of ways this fall.
Martavis Bryant, Clemson - Watkins is the guy that will generate the most buzz, but don't be surprised if it is Bryant that steals the spotlight in 2011. He spent last year at prep school and that tends to take some of the shine off for fans. He has better size than Watkins and has the hands and speed to go along with it.
Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma - The Sooners have produced a lot of top offensive talent due to their offensive philosophy. Kenny Stills made an impact in 2010 and Metoyer has the skill set to do it in 2011. At 6-foot-2 and almost 200 pounds, Metoyer would add a little size around the goal line.
George Farmer, USC - The amount of receiver talent the Trojans have stockpiled the last two years is just sick. The Trojans lose Ronald Johnson, but return Robert Woods and don't forget about Kyle Prater. He was on track to start this fall before nagging injuries last summer caused him to redshirt. Still there is room for the top rated receiver in the county according to Rivals.com and Scout.com to make an impact. Just watch his highlight video below.
The Best of the Rest
Devon Blackmon, Oregon - Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis leave a hole that needs to be filled
Justin Scott-Wesley, Georgia - Running back Isaiah Crowell is receiving a lot of hype. But with the lose of A.J. Green and Kris Durham, Scott-Wesley might be a more important recruit.
DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame - Even if he doesn't play right away, you can bet he'll be an impact player for Brian Kelly in the future.
Ty Montgomery, Stanford - Ryan Whalen and Doug Baldwin depart. Here kid, go catch balls from a future first round draft pick.
Jaxon Shipley, Texas - Yes that Shipley.
Charone Peake, Clemson - There is no time for redshirting for Dabo.
Phillip Dorsett, Miami - When a new coach comes in, you can bet he'll play his guys. Leonard Hankerson is off to cash checks in the NFL.
Kelvin Benjamin FSU - Plenty of talent out wide for the Seminoles, but there is room for a goal line target.
Kasen Williams, Washington - Jake Locker wishes he had someone like Williams to throw jump balls to. He's a former Skyline teammate of BYU quarterback Jake Heaps.
Ja'Juan Story, Florida - What? A 6-foot-4 receiver for Florida?
LaDarius Brown, TCU - The fruits of playing in a BCS conference paid off in spades for TCU this recruiting season.
Jarvis Landry, LSU - The loss of Terrance Toliver creates a void.
DeVante Parker, Louisville - Bridgewater to Parker for six...that's music to Cardinals fans' ears my friend.
Rashad Cunningham, Kentucky - The Wildcats lose Radall Cobb and Chris Mathews.
Juwan Caesar, Michigan State - B.J. Cunningham (2007) and Keshawn Martin (2008) made the incoming freshman sleeper list in the past, this time it's Caesar's turn. What intrigues us the most is his size. He's listed at 6-foot-4, but he looks much rangier. The Spartans lack a jump ball artist in the red zone.
Andre Davis, South Florida - The injuries got so bad at receiver last year for South Florida I bet coach Skip Holtz had trouble remembering the names of his starter. Who is playing wide receiver again?
Darius Joseph & Arrius Holleman, SMU - June Jones brings in five receivers in the 2011 class, think he's looking for someone to play right away?
Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa - New head coach Bill Blakenship seems to like him.