To kick off the 2020 football season, SBLive is previewing the top players at each position group. Here’s an inside look at the top wideouts — receivers and tight ends — in Idaho high school football. The list is in alphabetical order.
TOP 25 WIDEOUTS IN IDAHO
Shayler Bingham, Jerome, sr.
Pulled in 944 yards receiving and six touchdowns as a junior.
Brett Bronson, Kimberly, sr.
He’s a heat-seeker around the ball, has a knack for snagging jump balls and will hurt you on offense, defense (second team all-state corner) and return specialist.
Kayden Chan, Mountain View, 5-10, 170, sr.
Watch out for Chan in the open field. The agile wideout and return specialist is creative in space, and proved that to the tune of 700 receiving yards as a junior. (Kayden Chan feature photo by Loren Orr)
Cash Cowdery, Middleton, 6-3, 180, sr.
He does a little bit of everything, excelling out wide where he caught 14 touchdown passes and 1,125 total yards as a junior.
Cruz Crofts, Meridian, 5-9, 170, sr.
A new quarterback in Malachi Martinez steps into a starting role after splitting time last season and Crofts headlines a group of targets he’ll have at his disposal.
Easton Durham, Highland, 6-0, 170, sr.
Junior Jack Whitmer steps in at quarterback, which means Durham, who threw for 1,422 yards last season (with 12 TDs, 12 picks), will still have the ball a lot. He ran for 1,400 yards as a junior and will do a little bit of everything.
Tommy Hauser, Post Falls, 5-11, 170, sr.
Hauser’s a big play waiting to happen. He led the state in receiving yards in 2019 with 1,448 on nearly 19 yards per catch and 17 touchdowns.
Chaz Farrar, Meridian, 6-2, 175, sr.
A big, quick-footed receiver has solid hands and is poised for a big season, even with a new quarterback and young group under former Idaho State coach John Zamberlin.
Cole Harris, Preston, sr.
Racked up 772 yards receiving and seven touchdowns as a junior.
Covy Kelly, Garden Valley (1A-D2), 6-0, 165, sr.
Reigning 1A-D2 player of the year and a first team all-state wideout, Kelly might be the best skill position athlete in 8-man, logging 1,227 yards receiving and an eye-popping 22 touchdowns. He also holds the state basketball tournament record for points in a game (38).
Isaiah Krohn, Parma, sr.
A nice all-around athlete – first team all-league choice on both sides of the ball — who uses his body well and poses a downfield threat.
Colston Loveland, Gooding, 6-5, 215, jr.
He’s the state’s best athlete and the prospect with perhaps the highest ceiling. As a sophomore, the tight end caught for 1,147 yards and 14 touchdowns, and has already fielded Pac-12 offers from Utah, Oregon State and Arizona State, among others.
Connor Maloney, Skyline, 5-10, 170, sr.
He’s been contributing to the Skyline offense for several years. Now, he’ll take center stage out of the slot. Maloney is great in space, expect Skyline to set him up with room to make a play.
Tyler Medaris, Middleton, 6-7, 185, jr.
Caught 10 touchdown passes in the air raid offense a year ago, and will have ample opportunity to build on that with his staggering size and hands. Oh – and his athleticism shows on the hardwood, too.
Mason Mickelsen, Highland, 6-7, 240, sr.
He’s a big target at tight end with size that will get him opportunities at the next level — Idaho State has offered.
Ammon Munyer, Lakeland Senior, 6-5, 225, sr.
The three-star tight end and multi-sport standout logged 682 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Holds offers from Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington and Air Force, among others.
Brody Mussman, Valley, 6-5, 160, sr.
He boasts size at tight end with receiver athleticism for a group that returns several key starters.
Gavin Ozuna, Centennial, 5-8, 145, sr.
The team’s top receiver last year will have the ball in his hands a lot.
Trey Poutler, Snake River, 6-3, 185, sr.
He’s in line for a bigger workload at outside receiver and will have two quarterbacks splitting time getting him the ball, including sophomore up-and-comer Cole Gilbert.
Clay Silva, Lighthouse Christian, jr.
He’s the youngest of a line of brothers, all with state titles to boast. Silva’s came last year when he caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime, and the Lions return key skill players who were a part of last year’s undefeated season.
Henry Talbot, Valley, 5-11, 155, sr.
With Valley moving up from 1A-D1 to 2A, Talbot’s playmaking will translate to the 11-man game. He does it on both sides of the ball.
Koltin Teater, Kuna, 6-0, 170, sr.
He’ll have plenty of competition moving up to the 5A ranks after a convincing state title run in 4A last year, but the second team all-state receiver returns as a top target for standout quarterback Sean Austin.
Jackson Reed, Capital, 6-1, 205, sr.
The second team 5A all-state and all-5A Southern Idaho Conference selection caught 51 passes for 916 yards and seven touchdowns.
Michael Shulikov, Centennial, 6-5, 180, sr.
He reeled in his first offer (Dickinson State) last month, and will be a relied-upon target for a Centennial team that returns key athletes in the skill positions.
Jovan Sowell, Century, 5-8, 160, sr.
First team 4A all-state selection after logging 1,462 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns.