A small, but steady crop of tight ends in the Golden State is led by Chandler, who is as good catching the ball as he is at blocking. Irby was a two-way star this past year while Ellison and Marinovich have the bloodlines to be solid prospects. Mahina may be even more dangerous on the defensive side of the ball while Brooks has probably the softest hands of any at this position.
1. Nate Chandler, 6-6, 225, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
Committed to: UCLA
The most complete tight end in the state, Chandler’s excels in both blocking and receiving, and is the Bruins top commit at the position since eventual Mackey Award winner Marcedes Lewis .
2. Blaine Irby, 6-3, 235, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Committed to: Texas
Has excellent hands, speed and ability to make the catch and could even play linebacker in college.
3. Rhett Ellison, 6-5, 235, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Committed to: Virginia Tech
The son of former USC and 49ers linebacker Riki Ellison heads to ACC country.
4. Devin Mahina, 6-6, 225, 4.7, Upland (Calif.)
Committed to: BYU
Mahina may be more valuable as a defensive end, but made strides this past season in first year as primary tight end.
5. Eric Brooks, 6-2, 240, Monrovia (Calif.)
What he lacks in size he makes up for with arguably the best hands of any tight end in the West.
The Next 5:
6. Mikhail Marinovich, 6-5.5, 225, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Junipero Serra
7. Dallin Rogers, 6-4, 210, El Dorado (Calif.) Union Mine- Utah
8. Alex Netter, 6-5, 250, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman- Northwestern
9. Ryan Skidmore, 6-5, 225, East (Calif.) Bakersfield- Fresno State
10. Alexander Inda, 6-3, 245, Panorama City (Calif.) St. Genevieve
Northern California was home to the state’s best receiver prospect and three of the top six pass-catchers in the state are from the Bay Area, led by Carswell, who flew up the charts after showing playmaking abilities everywhere on the field. Boyles was the best receiver in SoCal and is as flashy as they come. Simas wasn’t known for his flash, but may have been the steadiest and most clutch receiver in the state. Calvin and Lagemann will form a vaunted pass-catching combo for Jeff Tedford’s Bears. Dunn is one of the fastest players in the nation. Pettis and Young are two huge steals for Chris Petersen’s Broncos.
1. Brandon Carswell, 6-2.5, 207, Milpitas (Calif.)
Committed to: USC
No matter what position he played, Carswell made plays and carried his team. Focusing on receiver in college makes the sky the limit for him.
2. Anthony Boyles, 6-3, 195, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Committed to: Washington
Few receivers nationally enjoy matching up against cornerbacks like Boyles and few want the ball in their hands more.
3. Markques Simas, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
Committed to: Colorado
Steady as they come, Simas is one of the best receivers to come out of San Diego in a long time.
4. Mike Calvin, 6-2, 185, San Lorenzo (Calif.)
Committed to: California
Strong and tough, Calvin stays in the Bay Area to play for his childhood favorite Bears.
5. Reggie Dunn, 5-9, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Dunn did it all for the Eagles this past season, playing six positions and leading team to the CIF title.
6. Alex Lagemann, 6-3, 206, Saratoga (Calif.)
Committed to: California
Excellent hands and solid speed, Cal fans will love his work ethic and desire to compete.
7. Zion Babb, 6-2, 180, Alhambra (Calif.)
Committed to: Michigan
Was one of the best and most productive receivers in SoCal this year.
8. Josh Smith, 6-2, 185, Moorpark (Calif.)
Committed to: Colorado
Stuck in a ground-oriented offense, Smith will enjoy the Buffs passing game.
9. Austin Pettis, 6-3, 180, Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
Committed to: Boise State
No receiver saw their stock rise like Pettis, who took his game to another level in the postseason and became Aaron Corp’s favorite target.
10. Sean Wiser, 6-2, 180, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to: Stanford
Speaking of favorite targets, Wiser was Jimmy Clausen’s for years and he ended his prep career one of the most productive receivers in Southland history.
The Next 10:
11. Ryan Kessman, 6-0, 190, San Jacinto (Calif.)- BYU
12. Bryshon Nellum, 6-0, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
13. Titus Young, 6-1, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) University- Boise State
14. David Roberts, 6-1, 175, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- Arizona
15. Jeshua Anderson, 6-2, 190, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft- Washington State
16. Russell Carr, 6-3, 192, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo- UTEP
17. Mike Avila, 5-10, 165, Seaside (Calif.)
18. Vincent Brown, 6-0, 175, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- San Diego State
19. Devon Wylie, 5-9, 170, Granite Bay (Calif.)- Fresno State
20. Carter Todd, 6-3, 180, Merced (Calif.)