1) Marquise Lee, USC: Explosive and Dynamic are two words that come to mind when describing Marquise Lee. The first time he touched the football last season against Hawaii, he raced 80 yards for a touchdown. Lee does an excellent job of getting separation and getting yards after the catch. Last season he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. He already has quite a number of accomplishments to go along with his immense talent. In 2011 he won Pac12 Freshman Offense player of the Yr. Last year he was an unanimous All-American, Biletnikoff Award winner and Pac12 Offensive Player of the Yr.
2) Sammy Watkins, Clemson: Here’s another big, fast and strong receiver. Watkins and Clemson Quarterback Tahj Boyd will light up scoreboards and opposing defenses this fall. Watkins burst on to the scene in 2011 with a fantastic season as a freshman. That season he tallied 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns.Watkins won ACC Offensive Rookie of the Yr and collected 1st team All-ACC and All-American honors. He fell back in his Sophomore season last yr because of some off field issues and a second year slump. Watkins has the necessary speed to outrun defenders and the strong hands to pry away catches from defensive backs.
3) Amari Cooper, Alabama: Cooper is only a Sophomore but is already a National Champion and has the ability to make clutch catches in big time circumstances. Just ask Georgia when he out leaped a defender for the game winning touchdown. He helped put away Notre Dame with 2 touchdown catches in the National Championship. Cooper has blazing speed (4.3) and sure hands to along with his 6’1, 200lbs frame. As a true freshman last season, Cooper caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooper is just scratching the surface of what he can become. Look for even bigger things for Cooper in his Sophomore campaign.
4) Cody Hoffman, BYU: Cody Hoffman is about the only receiving threat the Cougars have and yet this guy makes plays every week. He’s seen his production go up every year he’s been at BYU. Last season he posted 8 games where he had over 100 yards receiving. Hoffman uses every bit of his 6’4, 210lb frame as he can out fight you for a pass and out jump you for a reception. Hoffman is poised to leave BYU as the school’s All-time leader in receptions and touchdowns. In 2012 he pulled in 100 catches for 1,248 and 11 touchdowns.
5) Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: Matthews is one of the most underrated players in all of College Football. He doesn’t get much publicity playing at Vanderbilt but this guy can flat out ball against the countries best defenses. Matthews runs quick, precise routes and has excellent hands to go along with his 4.5 speed. He always seems to be on the same page and in sync with his quarterback. Last yr he reeled in 94 catches for 1,323 yards and 8 touchdowns. Matthews was 1st team All-SEC and 3rd team All-American in 2012. He’s already on the Maxwell Award Watch list for this up coming season.