This week, we head south where the next men up love their NCAA – Big XII football. The Big XII wide open offenses and teams playing catch me if you can. This conference is stacked at Wide Receiver, and you guessed it this week’s edition will primarily focus on the guy’s catching balls. And, this list focuses on football factories in 2 states. Oklahoma and Texas.
Tylan Wallace – Junior, WR, Oklahoma State
All he does is run and catch passes for Mike Gundy’s Cowboys. The 6-0 receiver blasted on the scene as a sophomore catching 86 balls for nearly 15-hundred yards. Those receiving numbers were good enough for second in the nation. Plus, he found the end zone 13 times. Wallace put on a clinic last year against rival Oklahoma torching the Sooners for 220 yards and 2 scores. Two weeks before that he posted another 200 yard contest against Texas. He played well down the stretch, which has opened the eyes of many NFL Scouts. If he declares, he could go within the first 12 picks of next year’s draft.
We’ll stay in the Sooner state with this next player.
CeeDee Lamb – Junior, WR, Oklahoma
Lamb is next in line to suit up on the outside for the Sooners. In 2 games, the Texas native has caught 8 balls for 190 yards to go along with 2 scores. Last year, Lamb caught 65 passes for over 11-hundred yards and 11 touchdowns. That season earned him 2nd team All Big 12 honors. Oh, and by the way, he shared the field with Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown last season. Lamb has been named to the 2019 Biletnikoff Award Watch list which recognizes the top pass catcher in college. He’s also a 3rd team Preseason All American. Mock Draft boards have Lamb going mid to late 1st round in next year’s draft, if he declares.
Next, we’ll head down I-35 to Fort Worth, TX…
Jalen Reagor – Junior, WR, TCU
This Horned Frog is a game breaker. Last year, nearly two-thirds of his 72 catches were for first downs or touchdowns. This guy can score from all over the field. He had a career high 233 all purpose yards (121 rushing, 91 receiving, and 21 kick return) in last year’s win over Oklahoma State. He’s a preseason first team All Big 12 and 4th team All American. Reagor started this season right where he left off logging 71 receiving and 62 return yards along with 1 touchdown. The 5-11 speedster is expected to go mid to late 1st round in next year’s draft.
We’ll continue in the Longhorn State and head to Austin for our last two players on this list…
Collin Johnson – Senior, WR, Texas
Johnson is a huge target checking in at 6-6, 220 lbs. and could be an imposing force in the red zone. This Longhorn did most of his damage last season against Oklahoma in 2 games he caught 14 passes for 259 yards and two scores. He is top 10 in school history for catches (150) and receiving yards (2,065), and he’s looking to tack on more this season. So far, the wideout has 7 catches for 108 yards plus one touchdown. Johnson is a 4th team Preseason All American. Draftniks have him slotted in round 2 or 3 of next year’s draft.
Brandon Jones – Senior, S, Texas
Jones is the next ball hawk to come out of Austin. The 6-0, 205 lb. Safety has started in 23 games in his career and was named to the Lott IMPACT trophy and Bronco Nagurski Watch Lists this season. The Longhorn registered 70 tackles last season. That total was 4th highest on the team. He tallied four tackles in last season’s 28-21 win over Georgia in the All State Sugar Bowl. Jones went back to work last week versus #6 LSU recording a sack, 6 tackles, and a pass breakup. Currently, the safety is expected to go in the 2nd round or top portion of the 3rd round.