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August 1, 2014

Southern California 2014/2015 Wide Receiver / Tight End Top 10 Watchlist Part Two

1.) C.J. Sanders, Notre Dame Sr. WR

Sanders moved to California from Tennessee in the offseason, and figures to make an immediate impact with Notre Dame's receiving corps. Sanders is only 5-foot-9, but he's got legitimate football speed and he consistently makes would-be tacklers miss in the open field. Sanders scored nine touchdowns last season on passes - but scored five more times on designed runs and returns. He's a multi-faceted talent who will fit the Knights' wide-open offense - and many collegiate attacks - beautifully. Sanders committed to Notre Dame in May, spurning offers from Georgia, Tennessee and USC in the process.

2.) Trent Irwin, Hart Sr. WR

Irwin is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, but last year was particularly impressive. As a junior, Irwin caught 19 touchdown passes, which included four games where he scored three times. The 6-foot-2 Hart receiver is a natural pass catcher who has excellent hands. He's also adept at adjusting to poorly thrown balls, and consistently was able to come up with tough catches in traffic. Irwin has very good overall athleticism and knows how to get open. It'll be fun to watch him try and crack 20 receiving touchdowns during his senior season. Louisville, Texas Tech, UCLA and Stanford are among Irwin's several reported offers.

3.) Equanimeous St. Brown, Servite Sr. WR

The Friars ran the ball almost twice as many times as they threw the ball last year. But when they did put the ball in the air, a lot of the time it went to St. Brown. The 6-foot-5 senior has elite size and is excellent at hauling in 50-50 balls. He's a long strider who won't create a lot of separation with his cuts, but he knows how to utilize his frame to maximize every inch of space that he creates. St. Brown has deceptive straight-line speed and can run past defensive backs if they're not careful. St Brown is also a huge threat in the red zone. LSU, Miami, USC and Texas A&M are among a number of teams that are after St. Brown's services.

4.) Lavan Alston, St. Bonaventure Sr. WR

A sudden, explosive athlete, Alston is able to gain consistent separation from high school defensive backs thanks to his excellent athleticism. Alston is also a threat on kick returns, where his elusiveness and open-field speed make him a handful for would-be tacklers. He lacks ideal size and bulk and doesn't run a complicated route tree, but the tools are there for an explosive receiver capable of taking short passes the distance. Penn State and Boston College are two out-of-state schools that have offered the Seraphs' four-star senior.

5.) Jaylinn Hawkins, Buena Park Sr. WR

The recruiting landscape is wide open for Hawkins, who has offers from several big-time programs. The Buena Park receiver combines good size with excellent downfield speed and a flair for the big play. Hawkins needs to refine his route running skills to consistently separate from defenders at the next level, as his footwork can get sloppy at times. If he cleans up his act, he'll be a very good collegiate receiver. The four-star recruit has been offered by Oregon, Boise State and Cal, among several others.

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