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Best Fits for Top Uncommitted WR Recruits for 2015

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 27, 2014

Best Fits for Top Uncommitted WR Recruits for 2015

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    Texas WR Damarkus Lodge
    Texas WR Damarkus LodgeCredit: 247Sports

    The 2015 recruiting class is packed with premier wide receiver prospects who form an impressive list of playmakers ready to rise up in a growingly pass-centric sport.

    Plenty of programs have already taken advantage of a deep group, collecting pledges from several outstanding pass-catchers. However, many of the marquee prospects remain uncommitted as their junior years come to a close.

    We explored the current recruitment process for eight of America's most coveted receivers, peeking ahead to see which team might present an ideal fit in terms of offensive scheme and immediate need.

Tyron Johnson (New Orleans, La.)

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    Size: 6'1", 191 lbs

    School: Warren Easton High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 3 wide receiver; No. 1 prospect in Louisiana

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Tyron Johnson was an all-state selection after erupting for 1,325 yards and 12 touchdowns on 85 receptions, per NOLA.com. He enjoyed a major spike in production after his 15-catch sophomore season.

     

    Recruitment Update

    Johnson is a longtime target of in-state LSU, but a slew of Big 12 Conference suitors—Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma among them—continue to come on strong. Texas A&M signed 5-star New Orleans receiver Speedy Noil last signing day and hopeS to dip into the bayou for another blue-chip prospect.

    His recent visits include Clemson, Georgia and Auburn. Notre Dame, Miami and Mississippi State have each offered in the past month.

     

    Best Fit: LSU

    Second-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron continues to attract receiving talent as his aggressive vertical passing game takes shape. Johnson's familiarity with the Tigers coaching staff is established, and he'd be a candidate for early reps in Baton Rouge.

    Johnson would add to a corps of pass-catchers that already includes 5-star 2014 signee Malachi Dupre and fellow incoming freshman Trey Quinn, who owns the all-time national high school receptions record. All three standouts are Louisiana products. 

George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)

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    Size: 6'3", 184 lbs

    School: East Lake High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 2 wide receiver; No. 7 prospect in Florida

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    George Campbell helped carry the Eagles to a state championship game appearance, catching 31 passes for 769 yards and seven touchdowns. His 2013 statistical output was nearly identical to a strong sophomore campaign (30 receptions, 766 yards and five scores).

     

    Recruitment Update

    Campbell, who decommitted from Michigan in December, is a primary target for Florida. He spent time on campus with the Gators in April, a few days after visiting Florida State.

    Oklahoma, Alabama and Clemson are among a cluster of teams attempting to make the case for Campbell to again look beyond state borders for college. After an early commitment to the Wolverines, he is likely to take a more patient approach this time around.

     

    Best Fit: Clemson

    The Tigers have consistently produced NFL talent at offensive skill positions under the direction of head coach Dabo Swinney, who welcomed top-ranked 2014 dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson to campus this spring.

    Watson is Georgia's all-time passing yardage leader and presents promise in Clemson's aerial attack for years to come.

    Wide receiver is stacked on the Tigers' roster right now, including freshman Artavis Scott, a former East Lake teammate. Campbell wouldn't be under pressure to compete immediately but could quickly emerge as a key target in a potent offense due to his blend of size and speed.

Alex Ofodile (Columbia, Mo.)

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    Size: 6'3", 185 lbs

    School: Rock Bridge High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 7 wide receiver; No. 1 prospect in Missouri

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    After catching 60 passes as a sophomore, Alex Ofodile took his game to another level in 2013. He racked up 1,293 yards and 14 touchdowns on 92 receptions.

     

    Recruitment Update

    Oregon is the latest team to offer Ofodile, who now holds more than two dozen collegiate opportunities. He spent time with several squads during early spring, including Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Iowa and Notre Dame.

    Ohio State and Florida State are also strong contenders for the physically imposing playmaker. Missouri gives Ofodile a chance to compete for an SEC contender while suited up as a member of the hometown team.

     

    Best Fit: Missouri

    Ofodile fits the Tigers approach and provides a key go-to possession receiver for impressive 4-star quarterback commit and fellow Mizzou legacy Drew Lock. Missouri has flashed a high-flying offensive attack and is set to welcome in a pair of 4-star running backs in this class (Natereace Strong and junior college star Chase Abbington).

    The pieces are in place for an outstanding future on offense, especially if the Tigers can land a top-tier talent on the perimeter. Ofodile, a local sensation, is exactly the kind of field-stretching playmaker Missouri wants.

Cordell Broadus (Las Vegas, Nev.)

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    Size: 6'2", 195 lbs

    School: Bishop Gorman High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 11 wide receiver; No. 2 prospect in Nevada

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Before transferring to the Nevada powerhouse, Cordell Broadus starred at Diamond Bar High School in Southern California. The son of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg caught 60 passes for 685 yards and eight touchdowns.

     

    Recruitment Update

    Broadus saw his recruitment heat up during the latter stages of his junior season, with offers arriving from the likes of Notre Dame, Boise State, Baylor and Florida State. He picked up an offer from Miami in March, presenting multiple options in the Sunshine State.

    Pac-12 suitors include Cal, Oregon State and Washington, but UCLA and USC seem to be more realistic landing spots within the conference. Tennessee, Nebraska and Duke are among other notable offers.

     

    Best Fit: USC

    It's no secret that Snoop Dogg is a USC enthusiast—he ranks among the most well-known celebrity fans in college football. Family allegiance aside, the Trojans are an excellent match for Broadus.

    His skills are needed on a roster that's been considerably drained of talent depth because of scholarship sanctions. He provides 5-star quarterback commit Ricky Town with an instant-impact target with which to grow.

    Broadus is a sure-handed receiver who may be the best downfield blocker in this group. Those abilities add up to early playing time at USC, where he can be at the forefront of a new era.

Damarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas)

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    Size: 6'2.5", 190 lbs

    School: Cedar Hill High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 4 wide receiver; No. 6 prospect in Texas

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Damarkus Lodge played a paramount role throughout a journey to state championship glory. He overmatched opponents throughout the season, catching 72 passes for 1,255 yards while scoring 25 offensive touchdowns.

     

    Recruitment Update

    The lauded Lone Star State talent has plenty of attention at home with Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor jockeying for position. LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama are intriguing SEC options worth keeping an eye on as his recruitment takes shape.

    Notre Dame and USC each offered last week. Despite joining the race late, both programs present opportunities to pair up with premier 2015 passers—Ricky Town (USC) and Blake Barnett (Notre Dame)—for years to come.

     

    Best Fit: Baylor

    The Bears' high-flying aerial attack isn't going to be grounded anytime soon, especially with weapons like 5-star 2014 signee KD Cannon joining the party. Baylor has stockpiled speed at the position but would still greatly benefit from the addition of a balanced downfield threat like Lodge.

    Plenty of programs would look to utilize the coveted receiver early in his collegiate career, but it wouldn't be surprising to see a starring role in Baylor's offense lead to Freshman All-American for Lodge in 2015.

Da'Vante Phillips (Miami, Fla.)

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    Size: 6'1.5", 197 lbs

    School: Miami Central High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 8 wide receiver; No. 14 prospect in Florida

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Da'Vante Phillips has enjoyed a steady rise in production throughout his career at the perennial South-Florida title contender, playing a vital role since 2011. He posted career-highs in every receiving category as a junior, catching 47 passes for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns.

     

    Recruitment Update

    Phillips initially pledged to Florida last summer but decommitted in December following the Gators' disastrous 2013 campaign. Rival Florida State has since stepped in as a strong contender, hosting him for a junior day in February.

    The hometown Hurricanes view Phillips as a primary option and would love to add him to a class that continues to steadily improve. He spent time at Auburn in April, putting the Tigers atop a list of SEC options that include Alabama and Tennessee.

     

    Best Fit: Miami

    The Hurricanes have assembled an impressive 2015 class and are finally free from the uncertainty that inhibited Al Golden's recruiting efforts in past years. Miami holds commitments from 4-star offensive difference-makers Dexter Williams (running back), Jordan Cronkrite (athlete) and Dwayne Lawson (quarterback).

    Another in-state addition like Phillips would put the team on a fast-track toward rejuvenating its offense in the near future.

    Phillips will surely be tempted by Florida State, but the Seminoles are significantly more secure at wide receiver than Miami. The Hurricanes have a more glaring need at the position, presenting the local prospect with a prime opportunity to play immediately. 

Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

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    Size: 5'11", 195 lbs

    School: Saguaro High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 5 wide receiver; No. 1 prospect in Arizona

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Christian Kirk flashed multidimensional skills during a commanding campaign that ended with a state title. He caught 65 passes for 1,183 yards and 17 scores, reaching 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight season.

    His rushing abilities also took center stage. Kirk gained 832 yards on the ground, scoring an additional 13 touchdowns in the process.

     

    Recruitment Update

    This nationwide recruitment remains seemingly wide open, with Ohio State, Texas A&M, Alabama and Oregon among the top contenders. He spent time at potential West Coast landing spots USC and UCLA earlier this year.

    Arizona State would love to keep Kirk close to home and give 4-star quarterback commit Brady White a premier target in the passing game. However, the Sun Devils face serious completion within the Pac-12 and beyond.

     

    Best Fit: Texas A&M

    Kyle Allen, the nation's No. 1 2014 quarterback prospect, is already challenging for the Aggies' starting job as a true freshman after enrolling early. That alone provides incentive for any receiver recruit—especially one from Allen's home state of Arizona.

    Kirk is an excellent complement to 2014 signees Speedy Noil, a 5-star burner from Louisiana; and 6'6" Houston product Frank Iheanacho. Combined with Allen, the trio of dynamic downfield threats would provide Texas A&M with the makings of a highly potent attack for life after Johnny Football. 

Equanimeous St. Brown (Anaheim, Calif.)

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    Size: 6'5", 205 lbs

    School: Servite High School

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 10 wide receiver; No. 14 prospect in California

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Equanimeous St. Brown served as the primary target for 4-star quarterback prospect Travis Waller. He caught 42 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns, per MaxPreps.

     

    Recruitment Update

    St. Brown continues to collect scholarship offers at a rapid rate as his junior year concludes. Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, UCLA and LSU each joined the pursuit in recent weeks.

    Penn State and Notre Dame entered the fray during the late stages of winter. Stanford hosted St. Brown for an April junior day and serves as a serious Pac-12 option among a pack of teams that include USC, Arizona State and Washington.

     

    Best Fit: UCLA

    The Bruins aim to surround top-ranked 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen with a collection of weapons. UCLA already holds a commitment from No. 1 tight end prospect Aliz'e Jones, and another big target like St. Brown would go a long way toward ensuring the touted passer lives up to immense promise early.

    St. Brown would benefit from a receiver depth chart that lacks young stars at UCLA and could quickly ascend into a starting role as an underclassman.

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