March 4th, 2014 11:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Leonard Fournette, LSU, SEC, signing day
Wide receivers like A.J. Green and Julio Jones and more recently Mike Evans and Jordan Matthews have made the SEC an attractive place for big-play athletes in the passing game.
The SEC will have plenty of talent at the wide receiver position arriving this fall. It should make for a fun year watching the newcomers play a key role immediately.
Here are the top five wide receiver signees in the SEC in the 2014 class.
1. Malachi Dupre – LSU
LSU gladly waited out the recruitment of Dupre, who was a must-get for the Tigers on signing day. Dupre (6-3, 188) has the ideal size to be a big play threat. With Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry off to the NFL, Dupre will have a chance to play immediately in LSU’s offense. He’ll team up with running back signee Leonard Fournette to create
2. Josh Malone – Tennessee
Like Dupre, Malone (6-3, 202) has terrific size coming out of high school. Malone enrolled early at Tennessee, which should prepare him to help the Vols immediately. Malone will team up nicely with Marquez North, who shined at receiver as a freshman for Tennessee last fall.
3. D’haquille Williams – Auburn
It’s scary to think what Auburn’s offense will be able to do now that it has a dynamic player on the outside. Williams (6-3, 210) arrived on campus last month with the goal of becoming the Tigers’ go-to option at receiver. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn promised a more balanced offense in 2014. Williams is the reason.
4. Speedy Noil – Texas A&M
Another elite athlete in coach Kevin Sumlin’s offense? The rest of the SEC can’t be too excited to see Noil (5-11, 190) choose Texas A&M, which will work quickly to find ways to get him the ball. Sumlin described Noil as “extremely explosive” on signing day. That sounds like a good fit with the Aggies, who already have Noil on campus.
5. Von Pearson – Tennessee
Pearson is another big athlete who has already enrolled for the spring semester. Pearson (6-3, 181) was ranked the nation’s No. 2 junior college receiver (behind Williams) by Rivals. Pearson has the athleticism to make big plays and the size to be an every-down target in Tennessee’s offense. The Vols’ passing game got a lot better on signing day.
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