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Northeast Region Wide Receiver Report for April – Class of 2014

Varsity Preps takes a look at some of the best wide receivers in the Northeast Region of the United States. Note: This is not a list of the top 8.  (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, STATE IN PARENTHESIS). Click names to view highlight videos.

SAEED BLACKNALL (NJ)-  Manalpan H.S. – 6’3”, 200 LBS.

Blacknall caught 40 passes for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2012 season.  He currently holds 19 offers including schools such as: Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Boston College, and California.  With his height and long strides, his straight-line speed is hard for defensive backs to contend with once he gets going. Due to his height, defenders tend to underestimate Blacknall’s ability to make people miss in the open field and end up paying the price when he takes 5-10 yard passes and turns them into long gains.  Blacknall is a nice route-runner in the short and long game, making him a great all-around wide receiver.  He has good hands and is a very dangerous deep-threat.  Blacknall also plays on the defensive side of the ball as a safety.

K.J. WILLIAMS  (PA) – Liberty H.S. – 6’3”, 185 LBS.

Williams caught 60 passes for 995 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2012 season.  Williams currently holds 10 offers from schools such as: UConn, UCLA, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Arizona.  Williams has seen his recruiting profile rise, including a stellar performance at New Level Athletic’s most recent 7v7 event this past March in Ohio.  Williams has an excellent reach coming off the line of scrimmage and can adjust to any ball that is thrown is way.  Williams has some of the best route-running ability that I’ve seen on film and is a very difficult receiver to cover one-one-one.  Williams has it all: hands, speed, and the ability to run after the catch.

RICKY ROGERS (PA) – Gateway H.S. – 6’3”, 192 LBS.

Rogers committed to West Virginia.  Rogers had offers to Pitt, Rutgers, Toledo, and Robert Morris before making his decision.  Rogers can flat-out fly. I first seen Rogers at a Western PA Swag 7v7 camp in March of 2012 and was told then that he would be one of the best wide receivers in the state of Pennsylvania by his senior year.  He’s more than lived up to those expectations as he emerged as Gateway’s big-play threat during the 2012 season.  On his highlight film, Rogers makes one big play after another.  I’m impressed with his hands and ability to concentrate when he has to adjust to a ball that’s not perfectly thrown to him.  His speed makes him real effective when he runs the short and intermediate type routes.  Defenders are scared that he’s going to blow by him and end up giving him a lot of cushion, leaving him open on the short and intermediate routes.

JAMIL KAMARA (VA)-Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S. – 6’2”, 195 LBS.

Kamara caught 42 passes for 818 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2012 season.  Kamara currently holds offers from 19 schools including: Georgia Tech, Miami (Fl), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  There’s no too much film online of Kamara but the consensus is that he’s one of the best receivers in the Northeast and in the United States.  In the short highlight video, it pretty much highlights everything scouts love about him.  Kamara has great speed, excellent hands, and can out-jump most defensive backs in a jump-ball situation.

NEIKO CREAMER (MD) –Eastern Christian Academy – 6’3” – 196 LBS.

Committed to Tennessee.  He had offers to Boston College, Rutgers, and Temple.

CHRIS GODWIN (DE) – Middletown H.S. – 6’3” – 193 LBS.

Godwin caught 42 passes for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2012 season.  Godwin currently holds offers from schools such as:  Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia Tech, West Virginia , and Boston College. Godwin was named to the 1st Team All-State Team in Delaware as a Wide Receiver and Return Man.  Godwin also won that state’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award for his performance during the 2012 football season.  Godwin has a very impressive ability to adjust to the ball when it’s thrown his way. Nine times out of ten, if there’s a jump-ball situation, Godwin is going to win that.  In the red zone, Godwin is at his best.  His route-running ability makes it hard for defensive backs to guess where he is going.   That being said, Godwin is a legitimate home-run hitter who can take short passes and turn them into long touchdown receptions.  Godwin is fluid going in and out of his cuts and can turn and run with the best of them.  Godwin has excellent hands and shows no fear about catching any passes in traffic. 

ADONIS JENNINGS (NJ)- Timber Creek Regional H.S. – 6’3”, 195 LBS.

Jennings currently holds offers from:  Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, and Central Florida.  Jennings had a good showing at the Under Armour All-American combine back in January of this year. This is one physical and very athletic wide receiver.  Jennings looks like he takes pride in blocking in the run game, an often overlooked area when looking at wide receivers.  Make no mistake about it, Jennings is a playmaker.  Jennings is very physical coming off the line of scrimmage and that makes it hard for him to be pressed by defensive backs. Most of the time Jennings is stronger than his opponent and will easily beat any jam that is attempted on him.  Jennings can beat you call kinds of ways, whether it’s with the short, medium, or long routes.  It doesn’t hurt that Jennings can flat out fly as well. I think he’s only scratched the surface of his potential.

TROY APKE (PA) – Mt. Lebanon H.S. – 6’2”, 190 LBS.

Apke caught 54 passes for 1,048 yard and 12 touchdowns during the 2012 season.   He currently holds offers from: Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Minnesota, Penn State, Pittsburgh,  and Toledo.  Even with all of those offers, I still think he is a little underrated on a regional level.  Apke has speed to burn and when the ball is in his hands, it’s a serious problem for defenders. Apke can make cuts and change directions all in one motion, making him hard bring down in an open-field situation.  Apke is an all-around weapon on the football field and is a legitimate threat running the ball as well.  When you combine all of this with the fact that he also has great route-running ability, it’s not hard to predict that Apke’s profile should go higher in the next couple of months as more schools take a look at him on film and/or in person.

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