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Here’s a closer look at the Top 15 wide receivers in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section heading into the 2020-21 season. The rankings were compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette.
TOP 15 WIDE RECEIVERS IN CIF SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION
15. Keionn Palmer – Grant – Senior
There were many players we considered for No. 15, but it went to Palmer because he put up 586 receiving yards in only six games as junior. He averaged a whopping 97.7 yards per game a year ago.
14. Darion Gooding – Rosemont – Junior
Gooding is a fantastic two-way player for Rosemont. In addition to his 36 catches for 553 yards and six touchdowns, he also intercepted five passes on defense. Rosemont went 9-3 in 2019 advancing to the Division 5 quarterfinals.
13. Nolan Rawe – Hughson – Junior
Rawe caught 33 passes for 537 yards and eight TDs in 2019. Hughson went 5-6 last season losing in the first round of the Division 6 playoffs to eventual champion Escalon.
12. Jaylen Pickens – Rocklin – Senior
Last season, Pickens caught 39 passes for 541 yards and three TDs. That stat line earned him a 2019 SFL First Team All-League receiver spot.
11. Jason McBride – Stagg – Senior
McBride snagged 21 passes for 547 yards and eight TDs for a Stagg team that went 6-4 in 2019.
10. Jayden Vargas – Orestimba – Junior
Vargas caught 33 passes for 721 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a sophomore.
9. Javier Huizar – Patterson – Junior
Huizar hauled in 39 passes for 695 yards and seven TDs in 2019. Patterson advanced to the Division 4 quarterfinals last season.
8. Rico Flores – Folsom – Sophomore
Flores is one of the top 2023 wideouts on the West Coast. He has recently received scholarship offers from Arizona and Oregon State.
7. Bryan Garrett – Christian Brothers – Senior
Christian Brothers went 7-4 and made the Division 3 playoffs in 2019 and Garrett was a big reason why. He caught 46 passes for 603 yards and six touchdowns last season. Garrett also plays baseball for Christian Brothers.
6. Kyle Remigio – Lincoln – Senior
Remigio made 37 catches for 655 yards and four TDs in 2019 for Lincoln, a Division 2 playoff team.
5. James Mintmier – Oakmont – Senior
Mintmier hauled in 39 balls for 627 yards and seven TDs last season. Oakmont made the Division 2 playoffs in 2019. They lost to eventual champion Elk Grove 41-22 in the first round of the playoffs.
4. Wonya Williams – Cosumnes Oaks – Senior
Williams caught 52 passes for 801 yards and seven TDs in 2019.
3. Kendall Allen – Vacaville Christian – Junior
Allen had a fantastic sophomore season catching 51 passes for 994 yards and 12 TDs. He holds an offer from Southern University.
2. Brandon Barthel – Oak Ridge – Senior
Last year, Barthel caught 48 catches for 714 yards and 5 TDs for the Division 1 champion Oak Ridge Trojans.
“Brandon is a returning all-league player at his position,” Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere told SBLive. “He’s made huge improvements in the 13 months we’ve been working out since our last game. He’s added some size and strength and he’s more confident. He’s a dynamic player who scores touchdowns.”
1. Jadyn Marshall – St. Mary’s – Junior
Marshall is the top receiver in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Last season he made 68 catches for 1,128 yards and nine TDs. He’s received 12 Division 1 scholarship offers, per 247Sports.com.
Several wide receivers were considered for our Top 15, but narrowly missed the cut. Here are honorable mention Sac-Joaquin Section WRs who were in the conversation:
Juliono Martello (Colfax)
Greg Zane Jr. (Casa Roble)
Bryan Henkel, (Bella Vista)
Daniel De La Rosa (Atwater)
Nick Tawney (Whitney)
Tanner Hays (Dixon)
Joshua Zamecnik (Dixon)
Erik Johnson (Vista del Lago)
Jemal Francois Jr. (El Camino)