The wide receiver position is trending upward—from the NFL, where teams selected nine receivers before a running back came off the board in the 2014 draft, to the youth level, where more talented athletes are gravitating toward the position.
The game has rapidly evolved, shifting away from grind-it-out styles of offense that lean heavily on a methodical rushing attack and a powerful offensive line. Instead, teams are airing it out more than ever, posting prolific passing statistics and repeatedly shattering records.
College programs attempting to stockpile premier pass-catchers are in luck during the 2015 recruiting cycle, which features a variety of game-changing receivers with unique size, speed and style.
These playmakers put their skills on display earlier this month at The Opening, an annual football showcase that draws the most coveted high school prospects to Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
We watched all the action, from one-on-one drills to seven-on-seven showdowns. Several fresh recruiting ratings were released shortly after the event, resulting in newly ordered 247Sports composite rankings.
Based on what we've seen in person and our notes from game-film assessment, here's a breakdown of the top 10 receivers in this recruiting cycle.
This article is part of Bleacher Report's CFB 200 Recruiting Rankings Series. The overall rankings are based on the 247Sports Composite, which takes into account every recruiting service's rankings. The positional rankings also correspond with those composite scores. Stay tuned over the next two weeks as we take an in-depth look at college football's stars of tomorrow.