As the 2009 prep football season approaches, the Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at wide receivers.
Top returning receivers
1. Bernard Reedy Jr., Lakewood: The big-play receiver was the catalyst in the Spartans' upset win over Largo last season and has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Syracuse and Troy, among others.
2. Jarvis West, Gibbs: Known more for his electrifying returns in the kicking game, West will be given the chance to shine as a receiver in the Gladiators' spread offense. He already has offers from Auburn, FSU, Ole Miss, USF and West Virginia.
3. Myrick Gwynn, Largo: As a No. 2 receiver last season, Gwynn still had 470 yards and five touchdowns. With the graduation of Mike Lang he takes over as the go-to guy. Gwynn has an offer from Indiana.
4. Mac Brown, Gibbs: A speedster, Brown will be counted on to stretch the field and has offers from Auburn, FIU, Indiana and Ole Miss.
5. Julian Smith, St. Petersburg Catholic: He came on at the end of last season and got the attention of colleges this spring with an offer from Indiana.
6. Todd Shorter, Countryside: Not only is Shorter the Cougars' best receiver, he also is their best college prospect among seniors on the team.
7. Sermetrius Dennis, Lakewood: After playing quarterback in the spring, Dennis moves back to his natural position at receiver, where he will be a serious deep threat.
8. Hank White, Northeast: One of the most explosive receivers in the county, White can produce big plays in the limited opportunities he will get in the passing game.
9. Mike McNeely, Palm Harbor University: He was named the most outstanding receiver at a four-day camp at Harvard last month.
10. Joseph Lynn, Boca Ciega: The Pirates' top playmaker caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in the spring game.
Top returning tight ends
1. Pete Terrana, Northeast: He has all the tools to become the county's top tight end. In the spring, he caught a 43-yard pass against Palmetto.
2. Mike Douglas, Largo: Recruited more as a defensive lineman, Douglas can also make plays in the Packers' passing game.
3. Bobby Lyons, East Lake: Though he is counted on more as a linebacker, Lyons is a big target in the red zone for the Eagles.
4. Tim Jackson, Gibbs: Strong and fast, Jackson will get a chance to work the middle of the field for the Gladiators.
Keep an eye on
1. Sharrod Harriell, Dunedin: A track athlete with great leaping ability, Harriell could become Ryan Singer's favorite target during the season.
2. Bennie Niles, Clearwater: The speedy transfer from Dunedin immediately becomes an attractive option in the Tornadoes' passing game.
3. Jamarious Boatwright, Largo: He will line up opposite Gwynn as the Packers' No. 2 receiver and become a reliable target.
4. Marqual Davis, St. Petersburg: He had a breakthrough performance in the spring, hauling in a 35-yard pass from David Jones for a touchdown against St. Petersburg Catholic.
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