IMG Top 2015 WR Performers

Calvin Ridley

There was a wide array of talented 2015 wide receivers at the IMG National 7v7 led by Calvin Ridley, Tyron Johnson and Deon Cain.

>Chris Barr (Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy)
Barr has superior speed and can play on either side of the ball as a slot wide receiver or defensive back. This kid has a ton of talent and it showed on this weekend. He was one of Pro Impact's better players.

Miles Boykin (New Lennox, Ill./Providence Catholic)
I see this kid as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end which I think is a good thing because he has a very unique skill set. He's huge at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds and I think he looks bigger than that. His length is enormous, giving him the appearance that he's bigger than he really is. And this is one big dude on the outside. Boykin can move and shows soft hands.


Shawn Burgess-Becker (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch)
Burgess-Becker is a very good wide receiver prospect. Last year he was a star at this event for the Fire, making a ton of big time grabs. This time around he was more of the possession, red-zone guy and left the explosive plays to his high school teammate, Calvin Ridley. He did catch the ball very well. They are both committed to Alabama but looking around. If I am Nick Saban, I put this guy on defense as a safety. That's where I believe he has the greatest upside.


Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech)
I witnessed something I haven't seen this off-season – Deon Cain dropped a pass. It couldn't have come at a worse time, in the winner's bracket of the IMG Nationals that would have dumped the Florida Fire to the loser's bracket. It was late in the game and it would have sealed an Unisgned Prep win. Cain is a quarterback for his high school team but will transition here on a full time basis once he gets to Clemson. He's so smooth and natural as a wide receiver and has game breaking speed. He was awesome again for this team. You would never know he's new to the position.

George Campbell (Tarpon Springs East Lake)
To me Campbell is an enigma. Where do you play him? He can sometimes dazzle you as a wide receiver. He's blessed with size, blazing speed and athleticism. Campbell can make some ridiculously acrobatic catches. But he also gets a case of the drops and not a consistent catcher of the football. He did have a very good Sunday for Team Tampa.

Irvin Charles (Haddonfield, N.J./Paul VI)
Big wide receiver Irvin Charles was a handful for defensive backs because of his size and strength. He wasn't going to run away from many defensive backs, but because of his ability to shield defenders and adjust to the ball in the air, in essence, he was always open. A good pass catcher, Charles had no problem with the ball coming over either shoulder, or coming back for an under thrown pass.

Daylon Charlot (Patterson, La.)
Charlot is another Alabama commitment from the Bayou. He was one of many really good wide receiver prospects on the Louisiana 7-on team, The Bootleggers. Charlot mainly manned the slot. What stood out the most to me in watching him was his size and quickness. He's well put together, has great feet and short area quicks. I did see him have a drop or two but he also made a few defenders look silly in space.

Devonaire Clarington (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat)
Clarington had a solid weekend for the Fire and he made some nice catches and a handful of splash plays. He certainly has the size and length to be a huge matchup issue at an event like this. Clarington is a nice hybrid tight end.

Ryan Davis (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood)
Like Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech) Davis is a high school quarterback that plays wide receiver during the off-season. That will be his future position at the next level. In fact, Davis will be in the slot. That's the position he plays so well for Team Tampa. Like his older brother (Chris) this kid has speed and electric quickness. There were a couple of times where he just broke the ankles of defenders with the ball in his hands.

Jovon Durante (Miami Norland)
It's not really fair that the Fire can have Burgess-Becker, Ridley and this kid on the same team as wide receivers. He's another big play guy for the Fire. People forget that this is a four-star recruit. He has good speed and a suddenness to him when he has the ball in his hands. Durante is committed to West Virginia.

Jazz Ferguson (Saint Francisville, La./West Feliciana)
Two things I love about this prospect – his name and his size. Ferguson is a very long 6-foot-5 and by no means is he frail and skinny. He's every bit of 210-plus pounds. Ferguson has good speed, especially for his size and deceptive quickness. He got open and caught the ball well. Ferguson has committed to LSU. Can you imagine him on one side and Stephen Sullivan (2016 commitment to the Tigers who's even bigger) on the other in a few years from now in Baton Rouge?

Trent Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart)
Irwin is a good one from out west. You can see why he's so highly thought of. He has good size (6-1ish) and can run routes better than most. He is not a blazer but gets open. Best of all, this kid looks like he has great hands. Irwin favors Arizona State and Stanford.

Kalif Jackson (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher)
I look at our wide receiver rankings and Jackson is at No. 69. I ask myself, how are 68 kids better than this cat? Jackson has to be one of the most underrated kids in the country. He has a nice offer list but the big three in Florida have not offered. Frankly, that's a little baffling. This kid has unreal size (6-4.5/200), long arms and he can run for a big receiver. He also possesses soft hands and catches the ball very well. This is the third time I have seen him since March and each time I come away impressed. This kid has huge upside.

Tyron Johnson (New Orleans Warren Easton)
After seeing Johnson in person for two days I understand why he has scholarship offers from teams like LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, UCLA and many others. He's a big time talent with soft hands, terrific speed and short area quickness. Johnson made plays deep and would take short passes and make defenders miss in space. There's no question that he was one of the very best talents at this event.

Ray Ray McCloud (Tampa Sickles)
McCloud just may be the most explosive player in the state of Florida in 2015. He can get behind the secondary in a hurry and possesses very good hands. It will be interesting to see what happens once he gets to college. McCloud could play in the slot, running back or cornerback.

Tristan Payton (Jacksonville First Coast)
This Florida Gator commitment had another outstanding two-day performance, just like he did at this regional event in March. Payton is a great competitor with wonderful hands. He's dynamic in the air. Payton has uncanny body control and can jump through the gym. It also helps that he has giant paws and long arms. He may not be the fastest recruit but he's fearless and physical at this position.

Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch)
This Alabama commitment was unstoppable and a big reason why his Florida Fire team went 14-0 and left IMG as the national champs. I mean he was un-guardable. When Fire needed a big play and they wanted to go to Ridley, he would deliver. And it didn't matter against who because no one could stop him. Ridley is so explosive, especially off the line of scrimmage. It's as if he's shot out of a cannon. This kid has elite, deep speed and very good hands.

Auden Tate (Tampa Alonso)
See Kalif Jackson only Florida, FSU and Miami have offered him. They are the same player.

Mitchell Wilcox (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
Wilcox just committed to USF and did a nice job at tight end for Team Tampa. He's a long and lean recruit with a nice frame to fill out. Wilcox has good hands and he performed well at this event. I saw his spring game last month and this is a kid that plays with a very high motor and may be a better defensive end prospect.

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