The Football Recruiting Process for Wide Receivers and their Size

Recruiting 101Correspondent INovember 21, 2008

One of the more interesting pieces of the position-by-position football recruiting PDF was that I broke down the size that college coaches are looking for at different positions (This e-book is still for sale at only $5.00 so click here for more information). 

This got me thinking about all the different sizes of players in all classes at different positions.

I decided to take a look at the top five teams in Division I-A (aka BCS), Division I-AA (aka FCS), Division II, and Division III as they were ranked in polls last week. 

I looked up each school, their top wide receiver, and how big they are.  The sizes of these athletes really varied from Division to Division.

Outside of the freaks of nature in Julio Jones and Michael Crabtree, the size of the BCS receivers are not all that much bigger than all other Divisions. 

The biggest receiver on the list was all 6-foot-6 of Ramses Barden.  He plays for Cal Poly and they compete for the FCS title.


Julio Jones 6-foot-4, 210 pounds

Texas Tech
Michael Crabtree 6-foot-3, 214 pounds

Jordan Shipley 6-foot, 190 pounds

Percy Harvin 5-foot-11, 195 pounds

Juaquin Iglesias 6-foot, 204 pounds


James Madison
Rockeed McCarter 6-foot-3, 215 pounds

Appalachian State
CoCo Hillary 5-foot-10, 190 pounds

Cal Poly
Ramses Barden 6-foot-6 227 pounds

Northern Iowa
Johnny Gray 5-foot-9 185 pounds

Marc Mariani 6-foot, 185 pounds


Division II

Grand Valley
Jonn Mathews 6-foot-3, 235 pounds

Abilene Christian
Johnny Knox 6-foot-1, 190 pounds

Northwest Missouri State
Kendall Wright 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Delta State
Chad Schroeder 5-foot-11, 178 pounds

Central Washington
Johnny Spevak 6-foot-3, 200 pounds


Division III
Mount Union
Cecil Shorts 6-foot, 180 pounds

North Central
Steve Hlavac 5-foot-9, 192 pounds

Kody LeMond 5-foot-11, 166 pounds

Eric McCarty 6-foot 186 pounds

Aaron Rusch 6-foot-3, 168 pounds

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