It shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Alabama, USC, LSU and Oklahoma are stocking up with some of the nation's leading wide receivers.
Alabama already has commitments from 6-3, 175-pound Marvin Shinn of Prichard, Ala., and 6-3, 190-pound Danny Woodson of Mobile, Ala. Shinn averaged 19 yards per reception last season and scored 17 touchdowns. Woodson, whose father once quarterbacked at Alabama, averaged 20 yards per catch last year.
USC has a commitment from 6-2, 190-pound Victor Blackwell of Santa Ana, Calif., and is likely to land 6-2, 205-pound George Farmer of Gardena, Calif. Blackwell has 4.4 speed and was Matt Barkley's favorite target. Now he catches passes from Max Wittek, who also has comitted to USC. Farmer, whose father played at UCLA and in the NFL, has 4.4 speed. He said USC is one of his favorites.
LSU received a commitment from 6-0, 190-pound Jarvis Landry of Lutcher, La., who caught 62 passes for 1,158 yards last year.
Oklahoma landed 6-3, 200-pound Trey Metoyer of Whitehorse, Texas, a superior athlete and track star who has 4.4 speed and a 38-inch vertical leap.
Texas Tech improved its receiving corps with the addition of 5-10, 170-pound Javares McRoy of Lakeland, Fla. He is the fastest player in Florida with 10.3 speed for 100 meters.
Kasen Williams of Sammamish, Wash., a 6-2, 190-pounder, is a three-time All-State selection. He caught 66 passes from BYU-bound Jake Heaps last season. Washington, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA have offered.
DeAnthony Arnett, a 6-0, 175-pounder from Saginaw, Mich., is one of the top three players in Michigan. He has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Tennessee and Notre Dame. He can really stretch a defense.
The No. 1 player in Mississippi is 6-2, 190-pound Nickolas Brasell of Batesville, a two-time All-Stater and a home run threat who averaged over 20 yards per catch last season.
Another Californian to watch is 6-3, 175-pound Antoine Arnold of Temecula, who caught 52 passes and averaged 21 yards per reception last season.
Another Mississippi product to watch is 6-2, 180-pound Tobias Singleton of Madison, who is one of the top five prospects in the state.
Two Florida standouts are 6-5, 210-pound Kelvin Benjamin of Belle Glade, who has 4.55 speed but could grow into a tight end, and 6-2, 190-pound Sammy Watkins of Fort Myers, who is projected to be better than his brother Jaylen, who signed with Florida last year. Sammy has 10.6 speed for 100 meters and averaged 23 yards per catch last year. He also is a standout at defensive back.
Two South Carolina products to watch are 6-3, 190-pound Hakeem Flowers of Greenville, who has 10.5 speed for 100 meters, and 6-4, 190-pound Sharon Peake of Roebeck, who also is an outstanding basketball player.
Don't overlook 6-3, 180-pound DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills, Ill., 6-2, 210-pound Quinta Funderburke of Chesapeake, Va., 6-2, 180-pound Devin Smith of Massillon, Ohio., and 5-10, 160-pound Damiere Byrd of Sicklerville, N.J.
Daniels favors Notre Dame but can he qualify? Funderburke averaged 19 yards per catch last season. Smith has 4.39 speed for 40 yards. Byrd, who has 4.38 speed, is especially suited to play the slot in a spread offense.