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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

With the second week of HS Football practice ready to begin on Monday, it's time for Part Three of the Positional Watch-Lists as we list some of the top wide receivers from the state of Michigan to keep an eye on in 2016


Donovan Peoples-Jones – Detroit Cass Tech

The front runner to win this year’s Mr. Football Award, Peoples-Jones is a dynamic, elite talent at the wide receiver position, able to make catches over defender because of his size, or make plays on yards after the catch with his breakaway speed. He already holds offers from just about every major Division 1 school after an impressive sophomore season and another strong senior season could make him the second receiver in as many years to win the Mr. Football Award.

Ambry Thomas – Detroit King

An absolute burner, Thomas may not be the biggest receiver, but he definitely has the speed to make up for what he lacks in height. Played a key role on last year’s state championship team and after serving as the No. 2 receiver behind Donnie Corley, Thomas is more than ready, and capable, to step in as the go-to receiver for the Crusaders as they begin their title defense this fall.

Hunter Rison – Ann Arbor Skyline

Already committed to play at his father’s Alma Mater (Michigan State), Rison is about as complete of a receiver as you can find. Elite speed, great hands and a pure playmaker whether the ball is in his hands or not, Rison is yet another top tier receiver that the state of Michigan has to offer heading into the 2016 season.

Cody White – Walled Lake Western

A big, physical receiver, White might be the receiver in the state when it comes to making plays in the red zone. With quarterback transfer John Tracy in the fold, look for White to continue to put up big numbers, like he was able to do with now graduated quarterback Kyle Thomas last year.

JaCorey Sullivan – Muskegon

One of the most versatile offensive threats in the state, Sullivan is capable of making big time catches going up over defenders to get the ball, or he can make plays with his ability to run after the catch. With an offense that will consist of Kalil Pimpleton, Andrew Ward and Sullivan, the Big Reds’ offense will surely be one to watch all season long in 2016.

Julian Barnett – Belleville

If you haven’t heard this name yet, be prepared to hear it throughout the next three years. Already holding offers from Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa State and others, Barnett has proven to be one of the rising stars in the state of Michigan at the receiver position and he will only be getting better as he heads into his sophomore season.

Troy Brown – Flint Carman Ainsworth

After spending his first three years of high school at Flint Northwestern, the two sport star moved over to Carman-Ainsworth for his senior season. Look for even bigger and better numbers this fall for the Central Michigan commit after posting nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2015.

Bryce Wolma – Saline

The best tight end in the state of Michigan, Wolma can put up the same type of production as receivers, but has also shown he can be one of the best blockers the state has to offer. Wolma is already committed to Arizona, but will prove to be a true playmaker for the Hornet offense, which has lost plenty to graduation over the past two years.

Carter Dunaway – Birmingham Brother Rice

Committed to Michigan Dunaway is a massive target in the passing game, standing at 6-foot-6, and should be relied on as the go-to receiver, along with wide receiver Matt Jordan, for sophomore signal caller Mariano Valenti.