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Narrowing college football's best receivers down to 20 is a tough thing to do. There are several players that barely missed my top 20 whose names you should still remember for the 2012 season.
Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma: Reynolds could have cracked the top 20 if it weren't for the recent news of his seven-game suspension. He did a great job stepping up in the absence of Ryan Broyles towards the end of the 2011 season. Look for him to pick up where he left off after his suspension.
Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech: I couldn't quite bring myself to put Patton on the top 20 because of his small-school label. He is an excellent receiver with outstanding numbers, however, so watch for him to continue that success in 2012.
Justin Hunter, Tennessee: Hunter could prove to be one of the country's best receivers in 2012. The main reason he didn't make my top 20 is because he only played in three games in 2011 before he tore his ACL. Look for him and Da'Rick Rogers to form one of the best receiver duos in the nation after his return to health.
Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU: With the departure of Rueben Randle, LSU needs a go-to guy on the outside. Beckham has the potential to be a great No. 1 receiver for Zach Mettenberger in 2012.
Kasen Williams, Washington: Like Beckham, Kasen Williams needs to step up for his team in 2012 with the departure of Washington's top two receivers in Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. Look for him and underrated quarterback Keith Price to develop a great connection this season.
Jaxon Shipley, Texas: Shipley won't blow you away with his speed or size, but he is a sure-handed asset on the outside. Look for him to pile up the receptions as Texas' young quarterbacks continue to develop.
I also want to make a note that there are several players that could have made this list if not for positional changes. Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas and Notre Dame's Theo Riddick, for example, might have cracked the top 20 but will likely play more running back than receiver in 2012. Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell falls under the same category, as he will be making the switch to cornerback to start the upcoming season.