Coming into 2016 for the 806, a lot of offenses will be aided by some dangerous receivers; some already known, while others are switching positions to cause terror on the defensive units they will be facing. We couldn’t just pick ten, so we chose sixteen receivers that return to the fray this fall. Results below.
806’S TOP RECEIVERS RETURNING FOR 2016
(NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
1. JOSH MOORE-LUBBOCK-COOPER PIRATES
New to the 806 scene from Prattville, Alabama Josh is arguably the best athlete in the 806 before competition even gets started. When he competed in the 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament in June, he caught six touchdowns in one game.Yeah, ONE GAME!! He was also a dangerous quarterback for his old high school as well. Fielding at least five Division One offers so far, there will be many more to come as the season progresses; everyone in the country will soon want Josh on their team, I promise.
2.CAMERON COPLEY- CANADIAN WILDCATS
I call him.. “Killa CAM”.. The name fits the five-time state champion well. Very quick first step and a perfect route runner for the Wildcats and their “AIR CANADA” attack. He shows up when it counts the most and that is when Canadian needs a big play; either on offense or defense where he serves as a lockdown cornerback. Expect another huge year for Canadian and Cameron as they go for the three-peat in football and basketball.
3. JEFFREY ELLIOTT- LEVELLAND LOBOS
He’s 6’2″, 190lbs, and caught 88 passes for 1326 yards and 16 touchdowns…as a Junior! He’s back and better than ever and may put up bigger numbers as he will be counted on more in their offense with Tandon Jones and Kentton Williams leaving for college play. Humble, respectable, and hard-working. That is all a coach could ask for in an athlete and they have it with Jeff. An offer is coming for him soon, and maybe the Lobos playing into December with their football team as well.
4. KAILAN NOSEFF- MONTEREY PLAINSMEN
A towering receiver for the Plainsmen, he also can block with the best of them when Monterey runs the ball. Can get up and go get it too! There is no way to take him down with just one tackler in the open field because he will make you miss, or jut run right over you on the way to the house. He is drawing some interest, but that should pick up even more as the season goes along if he stays healthy and continues to dominate his opposition.
5. BERT MORRIS JR.-TASCOSA REBELS
Holding two Division One offers as of this story, expect more to come for the Rebel Wide Receiver. In an offense that is not known for passing it a ton, he makes the most out of every opportunity for Tascosa. He made big play, after big play for Tascosa in the historic run and will do it all again in 2016 too. Happy for him to get the recognition and credit he deserves..The young man can play!
6. JEZREEL GRIFFIN- BROWNFIELD CUBS
A 6′ 4″ receiver, standing 180 pounds in stature, he can really fill out a uniform. He also can bury a team if you try to cover him with one receiver. Coming off a junior year where he had 895 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, be rest assured that Jezreel will have a breakout year on the gridiron just like he did on the hardwood when he led Brownfield to their first state basketball championship in history. The quiet giant.. He will punish opponents and shake your hand afterwards.
7. DESREAL WILLIAMS-SLATON TIGERS
If you are a Kermit fan, then don’t look at his HUDL film; it will give you nightmares the way he destroyed that defense. What I like about him is that wherever I went to cover this summer, he was there. At 7-on-7 summer leagues, and at the Harrell Passing Academy! He is doing his best to become a leader and captain for the Tigers who will make the playoffs again in 2016.
8. DALTON RIGDON-PERRYTON RANGERS
Dalton is a warrior. He expects a lot out of himself, as we do of him. He caught 11 passes for 282 yards and four scores in week four last year; some receivers don’t get that much yardage in a season! A team that went three rounds deep in 2015 with 17 starters returning may go further this year. If they do, it will be in huge part to how Dalton plays on the outside. If last year was an indication… They’ll be fine in Rangerland.
9. JAYSON THOMAS- PAMPA HARVESTERS
Thomas totaled 56 Catches for 1222 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air last year. That’s.. 21 yards a reception! Pampa will be locked in a heated race for District 1-4A with Levelland and it will come down to their game against the Lobos for the number one seed in the last week of the season, just like last year. He is tough and not scared to go over the middle, but will torch a cornerback on the outside with precision routes as well. Excited to see the year he ends up having in that wide-open offense!
10. NOAH SIFRIT- CORONADO MUSTANGS
Noah is great at everything he does for Coronado. Basketball, Baseball, and Football; where he is the number one receiver in Seth Parr’s explosive offense. He has deceptive speed and will get by you quickly in the open field. Sifrit will be counted on to be very productive this year as the Mustangs will be looking to break their playoff drought that extends back nine years. He will make the first or second all-district team, and has already committed to play baseball at Oklahoma State. He’s just having fun now…
11. JASON FLOREZ- MULESHOE MULES
Jason is small, and that is the only knock a scout may have against him. He has the biggest heart in the 806 and one of the fastest out of a cut that I have ever seen. He fits Muleshoe’s NASCAR offense tremendously. He had 1,182 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns in ten games! He was hurt at the end of the year, which ultimately hurt the Mules and their chances of advancing deeper in the playoffs. But it is a new year, and with a new year comes new optimism.. Florez will make the first second team as a wide receiver in 3A..PERIOD!