The wide-receiver position has quickly become one of the most important positions on the football field no matter what level of play.
The college game still has its old-school, smashmouth-style teams, but the rise of the spread offense has changed a lot of things and opened the door for talented receivers to truly dominate games.
Thus, the recruiting battles for receivers have reached an all-time high, and one player alone can make a huge difference in a team's overall haul.
This year's class doesn't have a Dorial Beckham-Green, but no class typically does. This group has a number of dynamic playmakers with a mix of size, speed and great overall potential, and here is a look at the best available.
1. Robert Foster, Central Valley High School (Monaca, Pa.)
A Scout.com 5-star, Foster is a game-breaking talent who can score anytime he touches the football.
Standing 6'3", 180 pounds, the Pennsylvania receiver still has room to grow and develop without losing any of his speed and quickness.
He's a better athlete than football player right now, but the sky is the limit for him if he takes to coaching and film study at the next level.
Foster has no shortage of offers, with the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and USC on his tail.
2. Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy High School (Sealy, Texas)
A recent Texas decommit who has a rumored desire to play both football and basketball in college, RSJ is one of the most intriguing specimens in the entire class.
The Texas native carries an ESPN 5-star rating at wide receiver despite playing quarterback for his high-school team.
There are no facts to why he bailed on the Longhorns, but if it does have to do with playing both football and basketball, William Wilkerson of ESPN claims LSU, Baylor and possibly even Texas A&M would allow him to play both.
At 6'5", 220 pounds, RSJ has the potential to dominate opponents on every play. If he does choose to play basketball, it will ultimately hurt his football career.
3. Stacy Coley, Northeast High School (Oakland Park, Fla.)
Coley is a unanimous 4-star receiver across the board with solid height, good speed and great upside.
At 6'1", 175 pounds, the Floridian naturally looks the part of a receiver and plays like it. There isn't anything he cannot do, and he offers the potential to step on the field earlier than some of these other physical specimens.
He caught 33 balls for 556 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior and is still scratching the surface.
Coley is obviously popular in the state of Florida, with offers from the Gators, 'Noles and Bulls, and also has receiver-friendly programs like Tennessee, Texas Tech and UNC on his offer sheet.
4. Laquon Treadwell, Crete-Monee High School (Crete, Ill.)
This Illinois native offers a great size-to-speed ratio. At 6'3", 195 pounds, Treadwell plays with explosion, quickness, agility and straight-line speed to help make plays before, during and after the catch.
A unanimous 4-star receiver, Treadwell has attracted the interest of schools like Alabama and USC, but he is believed to be favoring the Midwestern schools such as Illinois, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, as well as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
He'll pose a huge matchup problem for defenders if he continues to develop and still play at the speed he does now.
5. James Quick, Trinity High School (Louisville, Ky.)
The aptly named Quick is an exciting player just waiting to explode. His size-to-speed ratio isn't on the level of Treadwell's, but at 6'1", 180 pounds, he's extremely quick and still big enough to make plays after the catch with defenders draped on him.
Scout.com rates him as one of their four 5-star receivers.
He was extremely productive as a junior, catching 82 balls for 1,434 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Quick is also a threat to beat teams in the return game, making his added value as a player appealing to any program.
He has offers from a number of major programs, but his three top schools are Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon.
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