After rolling out our preseason top 50 California high school football teams, we now turn our attention to highlighting the best players in the state, position by position. Next up: wide receivers.
From Servite’s Tetairoa McMillian to Valley Christian’s Jurrion Dickey, California is stocked with top level pass catchers and playmakers.
The main criteria for our Top 30 wide receiver rankings are statistics relative to team success (on offense) and strength of schedule from the 2019, 2020-21, fall 2021 high school seasons, and college interest. The rankings were compiled by SBLive reporter Bodie DeSilva.
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SBLIVE’S TOP 30 WIDE RECEIVERS IN CALIFORNIA
30. Juan Wilson – Warren – Senior
Wilson has impressed over the past two seasons while catching passes from five-star quarterback Nicholaus Iamaleava. He caught 17 passes and had four touchdowns during the spring season and already has five touchdowns during the first four games of his senior campaign. Minnesota and New Mexico are among the several offers he’s received.
29. Bryce Parker – Santiago (Corona) – Junior
Parker has been a dynamic playmaker for the Sharks in the first four games of his junior season. He’s caught 28 passes for a whopping 600 yards and has eight touchdowns at the midway point of the season.
28. Josh Davis – Carlsbad – Senior
Davis led the Lancers in receiving yards during their undefeated run in the spring season and has picked right back up in the fall with 23 catches for 424 yards and five touchdowns through the first five games to extend Carlsbad’s winning streak to ten straight.
27. AJ Jones – Colony – Senior
Jones in a tough mismatch at six-foot-four and 195 pounds and showcased his ability on both sides of the ball with a 63-yard pick six earlier this season. He committed to Arizona in early July.
26. Zamondre Merriweather – Valencia – Senior
Merriweather has caught, rushed, and even passed for the Vikings this season. The talented athlete has 18 catches in three games this season and has been a consistent performer for Valencia over the past three seasons. He committed to Boise State in July over a handful of other offers.
25. Gabriel Nunez – Beaumont – Senior
Few players in the country have had a better start to their senior season than Nunez. In only five games, he’s caught 59 passes for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns for the 4-1 Cougars. With the way Beaumont’s offense is cruising, a 2,000-yard receiving season isn’t out of the question.
24. Cooper Barkate – Mater Dei – Senior
Barkate has had a strong start to his senior season for a Monarchs team that continues to destroy their opponents. He’s caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Mater Dei’s first two games. He committed to Harvard in August over nearly 20 offers from schools across the country.
23. Malachi Riley – Centennial (Corona) – Junior
Riley has been a big difference maker for a Centennial team that has beaten their opponents by a combined 109 points in only three games. He’s caught eight passes and has three touchdowns so far and will likely see more targets as the Huskies move closer to the playoffs. USC and UCLA are among the many schools that extended scholarship offers over the summer.
22. Jahlil McClain – St. John Bosco – Junior
McClain may not put up huge numbers, but has proven himself against the top competition that Bosco consistently faces. He had six catches during the shortened spring season and has nine so far during his junior campaign. Ole Miss and Texas are the latest offers that have come in for McClain.
21. Rashid Williams – Pittsburg – Junior
Williams pairs up with fellow junior Jaden Rashada to form one of the state’s top pass-catching duos. He impressed as a freshman with 27 catches and five touchdowns and has eight catches through his first two games as a junior. Half of the Pac-12 schools have already extended offers to Williams.
20. Jacoby Kelly – Loyola – Senior
Kelly was the Cubs’ top receiver as a sophomore with 480 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The San Diego State commit has 14 catches in the first four games of the season for Loyola.
19. Rex Haynes – Cathedral Catholic – Senior
Haynes doesn’t see the same amount of targets in the Dons’ Wing-T offense, but has consistently proven himself as a deep threat. In his shortened junior season, he caught eight passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 33 yards per catch. Fresno State and San Diego State are among those chasing his commitment.
18. Nico Brown – Edison – Senior
Brown caught 40 passes during his sophomore season and followed it up with 40 more during his shortened junior season. He’s well on his way again with 22 catches for 424 yards and three touchdowns to start his senior campaign. An offer from Montana State arrived earlier this week.
17. Nathan Acevedo – Lincoln – Senior
Acevedo broke out during the spring season at Grossmont with 866 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He’s continued that high level production through four games at Lincoln with 16 catches for 377 yards and three touchdowns. His catch against Los Alamitos in August is one of the best catches you’ll see this season. Several Mountain West schools are competing for his services.
16. Mikey Matthews – Mission Viejo – Junior
Matthews was a huge key to the Diablos’ offense during the spring season, averaging just under seven catches per game to go along with eight touchdown receptions. He’s off to another good start as a junior with 16 catches for 221 yards through four games and has shown his skills in the return game.
15. TJ Hall – San Joaquin Memorial – Senior
Hall caught seven touchdown passes for the Panthers during his first two seasons and filled in at quarterback during the spring season when San Joaquin Memorial had the need for a signal caller. Now back at his natural position, Hall has 17 catches for 322 yards and five touchdowns in four games and has also grabbed three interceptions on defense. He committed to Washington in July.
14. Jordan Williams – Etiwanda – Senior
Williams has been a four-year varsity player for the Eagles and continues to show his abilities as a rusher and receiver. He has 305 total yards and six touchdowns through the first six games of the season and has Arizona State and Colorado among the top schools on his list.
13. Jalen Moss – Menlo-Atherton – Senior
Moss caught nine touchdowns during his sophomore season playing alongside current Oregon receiver Troy Franklin. He’s on fire to start his senior campaign with 21 catches for 417 yards and seven touchdowns through only three games.
12. Jason Thompson – Harvard-Westlake – Senior
Thompson impressed during the spring season averaging over 20 yards per catch to go along with eight touchdowns. He’s backed up his play in the fall with 32 catches for 613 yards and ten touchdowns in only four games. Recent offers have come in from Mountain West and Ivy League schools.
11. Braden Pegan – San Juan Hills – Senior
Pegan was one of the rising stars during the spring season. After catching 24 passes for 426 yards in only four games he picked up a handful of offers before selecting UCLA in June. He’s taken his game to a new level this season with 40 catches for 478 yards and nine touchdowns through five games for the Stallions.
10. Arlis Boardingham – Birmingham – Senior
Boardingham’s size (6-5, 220) makes him a huge mismatch and one of the most dominant players in the Los Angeles City Section. Boardingham had over 100 catches and 20 receiving touchdowns on his resume before even starting his senior year. He’s also scored touchdowns via punt return, kickoff return, and fumble return. Texas, Colorado, and Utah are among the many schools competing for his services.
9. Rico Flores Jr. – Folsom – Junior
Flores has been a steady producer for the Bulldogs since first arriving on campus. During Folsom’s undefeated spring season Flores caught 31 passes for 606 yards and ten touchdowns. He’s thriving once again in Folsom’s high-powered offense with 17 catches for 265 yards and eight touchdowns in four games. The offers continue to flow in for Flores, including Alabama, Oregon, Georgia and many more.
8. Kevin Green – Bishop Alemany – Senior
Few players across the state have produced as Green has over the past four seasons. After grabbing six touchdowns as a freshman he followed it up with a 1,000-yard, eight touchdown season as a sophomore. The USC commit has started fast as a senior with 32 catches and three touchdowns through the first four games.
7. Mekhi Fox – Pasadena – Senior
The four-year starter has been very consistent each of the past three seasons and has taken his game to the next level as a senior. The UCLA commit has reeled in 29 passes for 750 yards and eight touchdowns in five games so far. He’s also showcased his ability on special teams with nine touchdowns on punt and kick returns over his high school career.
6. DeAndre Moore Jr. – Los Alamitos – Junior
Moore transferred in to Los Alamitos prior to this season from Desert Pines in Las Vegas. He immediately pairs with Makai Lemon to form as good a receiver duo as there is anywhere in the country. He has narrowed his five college choices to Alabama, USC, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida State and will announce his commitment on Sept. 24.
5. Jadyn Marshall – St. Mary’s (Stockton) – Senior
Marshall has used his top flight speed while splitting time at running back and receiver so far this season. The UCLA commit is averaging over 13 yards per carry on the ground and over 14 yards per reception through the air.
4. Jurrion Dickey – Valley Christian – Junior
Dickey has been a top producer for the Warriors since stepping on campus. He has 18 touchdowns in 20 career games and has scored through the air, on the ground, and on a kickoff return so far this season. Dickey has received offers from schools across the country including nearly all of the Pac-12.
3. Makai Lemon – Los Alamitos – Junior
Lemon dominated the spring season with 43 catches for 756 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. The Oklahoma commit has showcased his skills on all three phases for the undefeated Griffins.
2. CJ Williams – Mater Dei – Senior
A four-year varsity player for the Monarchs, Williams put his name on the map as a sophomore with 50 catches for 684 yards and four touchdowns. Now the go-to guy as a senior, Williams has 11 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns through the first two games of the season. He committed to Notre Dame in August after visiting Texas, Ohio State, and Stanford.
1. Tetairoa McMillan – Servite – Senior
McMillan’s size (6-4, 185) and standout athleticism make him one of the toughest covers in all of the country. His production for the Friars over the past couple seasons earned him over 20 offers from some of college football’s biggest powers, before he selected Oregon in August. He’s off to a fast start this season with 23 catches and six touchdowns through the first four games of the season and gives Servite a fighters chance against Mater Dei and St. John Bosco in the Trinity League.