Every week, I’m rolling out a top-10 list, leading up to the 2017 high school football season. Here is a look at the top 10 wide receivers in Arizona. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports No. 10 Tommy Christakos, Chaparral, WR/K, 6-3, 185 PHOTO: Richard Obert/azcentral sports No. 9 Brenden Rice, Chandler Hamilton, 6-3, 190, So. Michael Chow, Michael Chow/azcentral sports No. 8 Tristen D’Angelo, Anthem Boulder Creek, WR, 6-4, 190 PHOTO: David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports No. 7 Zach Wilson, Scottsdale Saguaro, 6-0, 202, Sr. Varsity Views No. 6 Colby Dickie, Gilbert Perry, WR, 5-9, 170. PHOTO: azcentral sports No. 5 Cameron Gardner, Casa Grande, WR/RB, 6-1, 215 PHOTO: azcentral sports No. 4 D'Shayne James, Gilbert Perry, 6-3, 210, Jr. Varsity Views No. 3 JaCobby Dinwiddie, Mesa Mountain View, WR, 6-2, 180 PHOTO: Victory Views No. 2 Gunner Romney, Chandler, 6-3, 200, Sr. Victory Views No. 1 Solomon Enis, Phoenix North Canyon, WR, 6-4, 190 PHOTO: Carlos Salcedo/Special for azcentral sports
Every week, I’m rolling out a top-10 list, leading up to the 2017 high school football season.
This week, it's the guys who split out wide or line up in the slot and are tough to catch in the open field.
Here is a look at the top 10 wide receivers in Arizona:
No. 1 Solomon Enis, Phoenix North Canyon, 6-4, 190, Sr.
Son of former NFL running back Curtis Enis, Solomon Enis has the size and skills to be one of the best receivers in the country. He was invited to The Opening in Oregon for the top high school players in the country.
No. 2 Gunner Romney, Chandler, 6-3, 200, Sr.
He has 118 catches in his varsity career, but he really began to take off last year when he moved in from El Paso and led the 6A champion Wolves with 70 catches for 1,309 yards and nine touchdowns.
No. 3 JaCobby Dinwiddie, Mesa Mountain View, 6-2, 180, Jr.
Many thought he was the team’s best receiver last year and the Toros had Curtis Hodges, an incoming ASU freshman. Dinwiddie is a fearless receiver who makes plays after catches. One juke move and he’s gone. He had 70 catches for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore.
No. 4 D'Shayne James, Gilbert Perry, 6-3, 210, Jr.
His brother Nate was the team’s best receiver last year. Now it’s D’Shayne’s turn to step up. He has the size and athleticism that colleges love. He is capable of more than 1,000 yards receiving with returning All-Arizona quarterback Brock Purdy throwing to him.
No. 5 Cameron Gardner, Casa Grande, 5-11, 180, Sr.
He has 17 career touchdown catches, and is just warming up. Casa Grande will be breaking in a new quarterback, but he’ll have one of the state’s best route runners to throw to. Gardner is fearless over the middle and is elusive once he catches it.
No. 6 Colby Dickie, Gilbert Perry, 5-9, 170, Jr.
Another great target for Brock Purdy, Dickie became a featured receiver the second half of last season and finished with 61 catches for 1,039 yards and 12 TDs.
No. 7 Zach Wilson, Scottsdale Saguaro, 6-0, 202, Sr.
He was just starting to scrape the surface of his potential last year when he caught 24 passes for 401 yards and six TDs. Wilson has added muscle and speed and could triple his numbers this season with quarterback Max Massingale hooking up with him.
No. 8 Tristen D’Angelo, Anthem Boulder Creek, 6-4, 180, Sr.
A big target with good hands and the ability to get open, he should put up greater numbers this year as the team’s main go-to weapon on offense. His best game last year came in a 17-14 loss to Queen Creek, catching eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. He has a San Diego offer and strong interest from Vanderbilt and California.
No. 9 Brenden Rice, Chandler Hamilton, 6-3, 190, So.
Already physically imposing, expect a breakout season in his first year on varsity. He has the genetics (son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice) and the skills that make him one to watch. He could become a big-play threat for senior quarterback Tyler Shough, who has committed to North Carolina.
No. 10 Tommy Christakos, Scottsdale Chaparral, 6-3 185, So.
He saw action on varsity as a freshman and showed flashes of the potential that had some comparing him to former Desert Mountain All-Arizona receiver Mark Andrews. He will be part of the big youth movement with sophomore quarterback Jack Miller ready to connect often with him.
Next week: Top 10 running backs
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