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MaxPreps 20 for 20: Top 20 high school wide receivers over the last 20 years
What do A.J. Green, Desean Jackson, Garrett Wilson, Julio Jones and Percy Harvin have in common? They are among an impressive list of the MaxPreps Top 20 wide receivers over the last 20 years.

Over the next few months, MaxPreps will dive position-by-position at the best players to perform under the Friday Night Lights. We've already tackled the quarterback and running back position. 

MAXPREPS 20 for 20: Quarterbacks, Running Backs

The 20 wide receivers on our list have combined for 26 Pro Bowl selections, three BCS national championships and one Super Bowl.

Our criteria focuses towards on-field accomplishments, 247Sports composite ranking, awards, level of competition, All-State selections and the impact the players made toward their team's success.

One school, Serra (Gardena, Calif.), has two players on the list as teammates Robert Woods and George Farmer are two of the five California wideouts chosen.

Texas has the second most with four selections, led by the Dallas Cowboys all-time leader in career receiving touchdowns, Dez Bryant. In total, 12 different states are represented.
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MaxPreps 20 for 20: Wide Receivers

The top-rated player in the Class of 2012 on 247Sports composite rankings finished with 300 receptions for 6,356 yards and 75 touchdowns. He ranks second all-time in career receiving yards and 19th in receptions. He hauled in 119 receptions for 2,233 yards and 24 scores as a senior.

2. A.J. Green, Summerville (S.C.) | Class of 2008
Played for legendary head coach John McKissick, who owns the all-time record with 621 career wins. Green was the seventh-rated player overall in the Class of 2008 and second-rated wide receiver on 247Sports composite rankings. Finished with a state-best 5,365 receiving yards, which ranks 12th all-time.

3. Julio Jones, Foley (Ala.) | Class of 2008
The only wide receiver rated ahead of Green was Jones, who checked in as the third-rated player overall. He helped turn the football program around and led the Lions to a 30-5 record during his final three years after the school's first winless season in 2004. The former five-star standout hauled in 194 career receptions for 3,287 yards and 39 touchdowns and led the Lions to the 6A state quarterfinals in 2007. He was the Alabama Gatorade Football Player of the Year.

Was the third-rated prospect overall in the Class of 2010 and a big-time playmaker on both sides of the ball. He finished his high school career with 192 receptions for 3,310 yards and 41 touchdowns while racking up 274 tackles on defense to go with 25 interceptions. During his senior season, he led the Cavaliers to a 15-0 record and CIF Division III state championship.

Named the California Player of the Year by CalHiSports.com in 2004 after leading the SoCal power to a 13-1 record and CIF Southern Section Division I championship. The Jackrabbits finished ranked No. 10 in the country that year, according to USA Today. The former five-star recruit was one of the most explosive high school wide receivers and a standout player on defense and special teams.

The Baltimore Ravens' Andre Smith was the only player rated ahead of Harvin in the Class of 2006 on 247Sports composite rankings. During his final two seasons he led the Eagles to a 27-1 record and accounted for over 3,500 total yards and 54 touchdowns.

7. Dez Bryant, Lufkin (Texas) | Class of 2007
His highlight tape is one of the best of all-time. He was a matchup nightmare every Friday night and a Top 50 recruit overall in the Class of 2007. He was the seventh-rated wide receiver, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Over his final two years, he had 101 receptions for 2,232 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to a 25-2 record.

The top-rated wide receiver from the Class of 2020 had one of the best high school careers of all-time. Fleming led the Tigers to a 63-1 record and won his final 48 games and three consecutive 2A state titles. He's Pennsylvania's all-time leader in career receiving yards (5,481) and receiving touchdowns (78) while his 256 career receptions are second-most.

Finished his high school career as the state's second-leading receiver of all-time with 5,403 yards. During his senior year he led the Yellowjackets to their first state semifinal appearance since 1987 and hauled in 109 receptions for 2,132 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2019. His biggest game came against Texas power Allen in the second round of the 6A Division 1 playoffs when he had 15 receptions for 258 yards and accounted for six total touchdowns in a wild 60-59 win.

As good as any player to ever come from the Austin power and that includes names like Baker Mayfield, Garrett Gilbert and Charlie Brewer. The former five-star recruit was the second-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2019 and a Top 20 player overall, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Wilson helped the Cavaliers to a 6A Division 1 state title during his sophomore season, a runner-up finish in 2017, and semifinal appearance during his senior year. He finished his high school career with 204 receptions for 3,359 yards and 55 touchdowns.

High school football's all-time leader in career receiving yards (6,566) also ranks sixth all-time with 357 career receptions. The former Little League World Series star was a Top 100 player overall in the Class of 2014 and No. 11 wide receiver, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

12. George Farmer, Serra (Gardena, Calif.) | Class of 2011
A two-way standout just like teammate Woods. During his final three years he accounted for over 3,100 total yards and 44 touchdowns to go with 72 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Farmer was the top-rated wide receiver and No. 1 player in California from the Class of 2011, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

The all-time leader in Texas high school football history with 5,485 career receiving yards. During his senior year he broke the single-season national record with 2,626 receiving yards and added 117 receptions and 32 touchdowns while leading the Rangers to the 5A Division 1 semifinals. Mims led Oklahoma in receiving yards during his freshman season and was the 29th-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

14. Jarvis Landry, Lutcher (La.) | Class of 2011
The five-time Pro Bowl selection finished his high school career with 241 receptions for 3,902 yards and 50 touchdowns. He added 875 yards on the ground and 14 more scores. Landry was a five-star recruit coming out of the Class of 2011 and was the second-rated wide receiver. 

One of the most productive players impacted the game on all three phases. During his senior season he had 61 receptions for 1,187 yards and 17 touchdowns to go with 1,692 yards on the ground and 25 more scores. He added four interceptions and two return touchdowns. Helped the Sabercats to three state championships and finished his career with 203 receptions for 3,943 yards and 52 touchdowns to go with 2,698 rushing yards and 42 scores. The former five-star recruit added 127 tackles and 11 interceptions on defense.

The top-rated wide receiver from the Class of 2013 on 247Sports composite rankings finished his career with 3,563 receiving yards. Treadwell was named the Chicago Tribune Player of the Year after leading the Warriors to a 14-0 record and 6A state championship during his senior year. He accounted for nearly 1,700 total yards, 23 touchdowns, 56 tackles and six interceptions in 2012.

Played a major role during his senior year as the Monarchs went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country. That 2017 Mater Dei squad checked in at No. 3 for the greatest high school football teams of all-time. St. Brown hauled in 72 receptions for 1,320 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding two punt return scores. During his junior season he had 60 receptions for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the Monarchs to a Top 10 finish in the national rankings. The former five-star recruit was the top-rated player in California and No. 2 wide receiver in the Class of 2018.

18. Puka Nacua, Orem (Utah) | Class of 2019
One of Utah's best, he finished his career as the state's all-time leader in receiving yards (5,226) and receiving touchdowns (58). His 260 career receptions are the second-most in state history. During his senior year he had 103 receptions and set the single-season state record with 2,336 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. The recent BYU transfer led Orem to back-to-back 4A state championships in 2017 and 2018.

19. Sage Surratt, Lincolnton (N.C.) | Class of 2017
Ranks fourth all-time with 366 career receptions and 5,926 career receiving yards. His 80 career receiving touchdowns are the third-most nationally. Surratt was also a standout basketball player and scored 2,951 career points, which is the second-most in state history. He was a three-star recruit and 164th-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Led the Huskies to back-to-back Pac-5 Division championships and two consecutive Top 25 finishes in 2014 and 2015. McKinley finished his high school career with 180 receptions for 3,752 yards and had 49 total touchdowns. His best season came during his junior year when he hauled in 97 receptions for 2,062 yards and 25 touchdowns. The former four-star recruit was the No. 18 wide receiver in the Class of 2016, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California HIGHSCORE Top 25 after 49-point opening win - HIGHSCORE
High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California MaxPreps Top 25 after 49-point opening win
This isn't the first time a worthy squad has tried to upend the season-ending Southern California high school football celebration that is Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco.

Over the last five seasons, as the Monarchs and Braves have ascended to the top of the national football food chain, several talented squads have met the Trinity League juggernauts head on, only to be soundly defeated.

In a COVID-19 shortened season where most California teams are playing four to six games, one of the biggest contests is Friday when second-ranked St. John Bosco takes on No. 3 Servite in what's the California Game of the Week.

Servite, behind dynamic 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior dual threat quarterback Noah Fifita (offers from Arizona and Cal), has outscored two opponents, 113-19.

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Fifita threw for almost 2,900 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore when the Friars went 7-4. He nearly led Servite to an upset of the eventual national champs, dropping a 27-26 Trinity League thriller.

The Braves are loaded again, though they did lose current Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to graduation and replaced him with two dynamic young arms in sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser. Both have looked good in the early going, combining for 492 passing yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in two wins.

Servite could spoil the season-ending contest between Bosco and Mater Dei, which opened its season last week with a 52-3 throttling of JSerra Catholic behind three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown in his first varsity game.

There are plenty of other terrific matchups this weekend including No. 11 Oaks Christian at No. 7 Sierra Canyon, No. 8 Alemany at No. 10 Bishop Amat and No. 21 Edison at No. 9 Los Alamitos. In San Diego Section play, No. 23 St. Augustine travels to No. 17 Cathedral Catholic.
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
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Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Friday at Orange Lutheran

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 65-28
Next game: Friday vs. Servite

3. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 69-13
Next game: Friday at St. John Bosco

4. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat King, 50-0
Next game: Thursday at Santiago

5. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Monte Vista (Danville), 63-27
Next game: Saturday vs. San Ramon Valley (Danville)

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Oak Hills, 55-6
Next game: Saturday at Upland

7. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat St. Bernard, 56-0
Next game: Friday vs. Oaks Christian

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 21-9
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

9. Los Alamitos
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Corona del Mar, 52-28
Next game: Friday vs. Edison

10. Bishop Amat (La Puente)

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Cathedral, 21-6
Next game: Friday vs. Bishop Alemany

11. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: Beat Westlake, 30-16
Next game: Friday at Sierra Canyon

12. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Lakewood, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Long Beach Wilson

13. Folsom
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Granite Bay 35-25
Next game: Friday vs. Del Oro

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)

Record: 1-1 | Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco 65-28
Next game: Thursday vs. JSerra at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: idle
Next game: Friday at St. Bernard

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Valley Christian (San Jose), 33-27
Next game: Saturday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral

17. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Steele Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. St. Augustine

18. San Clemente

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Capistrano Valley, 34-24
Next game: Friday vs. Aliso Niguel

19. Central (Fresno)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Clovis 35-31
Next game: Friday vs. Buchanan (Clovis)

20. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: Idle
Next game: April 3 at Calabasas

21. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 47-14
Next game: Friday at Los Alamitos

22. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JW North, 41-0
Next game: Saturday at Heritage

23. St. Augustine (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Madison, 24-7
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic

24. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat Chaminade, 12-6 (OT)
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral at El Camino College

25. Carlsbad

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Torrey Pines, 42-0
Next game: Friday at San Marcos

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns - HIGHSCORE
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns
Sam Huard made up for lost time in a hurry. The five-star Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.) senior quarterback threw for 495 yards and seven touchdowns in last week's 49-14 season-opening win over Tahoma.

According to the Tacoma Tribune, the University of Washington signee threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone before the Lancers pumped the brakes. Huard is 805 yards shy of breaking the state career passing record of 13,044 set by Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Like most of the West Coast, Kennedy Catholic has been paused from football since the fall of 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancers resumed play with a bang as a double pass found its way back to Huard on the game's first play on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander fired a 46-yard pass to Reed Shumpert, who four plays later caught a TD pass. Huard finished with 26 completions in 35 attempts.

He's thrown for 12,240 career yards and 139 touchdowns. The Lancers travel Friday to Decatur (Federal Way).

“I just wanted to take a moment and see all my teammates and my coaches and just be out here together,” Huard told the newspaper after Friday's games. “Just being able to play with these guys, it means the world to me. ... That’s the only thing that matters to me at the end of the day is just being out here playing the game that I love with my teammates.”

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player overall nationally in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports composite, and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect. His father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic
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Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic



California high school football: Mater Dei starting freshman Elijah Brown at quarterback - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Mater Dei starting freshman Elijah Brown at quarterback
Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels all started as freshman at quarterback for Bruce Rollinson and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Elijah Brown joins that exclusive list as the 6-foot-2, 178-pound 2024 quarterback will start for the Monarchs in Friday's season-opener against JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), according to Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to Barkley, Daniels and Marinovich other notable names to lead the Monarchs offense include Matt Leinart, Bryce Young, John Huarte, Colt Brennan and Max Wittek.

San Marcos transfer Emmett Brown is also expected to see time under center this year.

The three-star quarterback threw for over 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns during his sophomore season and already has offers from Colorado, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico and Old Dominion.

Either Brown will have a cadre of weapons as well as one of the best offensive lines in the state.

USC signee Kyron Ware-Hudson, four-star junior CJ Williams, three-star junior Cooper Barkarte and senior Josiah Zamora fill out one of the most talented wide receiving corps in the game.

The running back position is loaded with playmakers led by Air Force signee Marceese Yetts, five-star Oklahoma commit Raleek Brown and three-star junior Quincy Craig. Expect all three to be factors in the passing game.

Colorado State-bound George Miki-Han, sophomore BJ Tolo, San Diego State-bound Ross Maseuli lead the way on the offensive line. And when the offense is resting, the defense is as good as it gets with USC-bound Raesjon Davis, five-star USC commit Domani Jackson, three-star junior cornerback Josh Hunter and Navy-bound Tyler Narayan.

The Monarchs are playing a five-game schedule that features only Trinity League opponents.

The two biggest games are April 3 against a loaded Servite (Anaheim) squad which won its season opener 42-6 against Damien (La Verne). The Monarchs close out the spring against the 2019 MaxPreps National Champions St. John Bosco (Bellflower) on April 17 at Santa Ana Stadium. The Braves beat a very talented Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) team 42-21 in their season opener.
Kyron Ware-Hudson will be among the many weapons available Friday for Mater Dei freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, getting the start for the Monarchs.
File photo by Rashadeen Byrd
Kyron Ware-Hudson will be among the many weapons available Friday for Mater Dei freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, getting the start for the Monarchs.

California high school football: Defending HIGHSCORE National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener
It had been 455 days since defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) took the field in a high school football game that counted. No worries as the Braves cruised to a 42-21 win Saturday night over Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to begin the 2021 spring season.

The Trailblazers scored on their opening drive as Daniel Duran found Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey for a 26-yard score but the Braves would answer with three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Rayshon Luke, Michael Hayes and sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson all rushed for a score in the first half.

Clarkson and junior Katin Houser alternated possessions under center and both played well. Replacing DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback is a steep hill, but both showed why FBS offers are starting to pile up.

Sierra Canyon cut the deficit to 21-14 in the final minutes of the opening half when Duran found tight end Henry Deakins from 19-yards out for his second scoring strike.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Those would be the final points the Braves defense allowed outside of a late, fourth-quarter touchdown with the reserves playing.

St. John Bosco dominated the second half as Luke rushed for a 67-yard score on the opening possession after Clarkson found sophomore standout Matayo Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion. DJ's younger brother stood out on both sides of the ball and showed why he's the fifth-rated recruit in California from the Class of 2023.

Houser made a big-time play alluding pressure and rolling outside the pocket to find Chedon James for a 21-yard touchdown that increased the Braves lead to 35-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The pair connected on a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Sierra Canyon freshman quarterback Alonzo Contreras connected with Jason Jones for the final score of the night with seven seconds remaining.

Jason Negro's squad dominated in the trenches. Four-star junior Earnest Greene, USC signee Maximus Gibbs and senior Edward Riley created huge holes for the running game while also allowing Houser and Clarkson plenty of time in the pocket.

The Brave's defense forced three turnovers and shined on all three levels.

The Braves next face Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on March 20 while Sierra Canyon looks to bounce back March 19 against St. Bernard (Playa del Rey).
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.