Prep football: Top receivers want to earn respect in 2022

Receivers have a tough act to follow this high school football season. The list of recent graduates who have gone on to successful college careers and become NFL draft picks continues to grow, from Michael Pitts to Amon-Ra St. Brown to Drake London.

Who will break up this season? Will it be USC to sign Makai Lemon from Los Alamitos? He caught 15 touchdowns last season.

Tiger Bachmeier from the Murrieta Valley is a Stanford commit and also a top pole vaulter. That kind of athleticism makes him a great target and he’ll have his brother Bear throwing passes at him.

Norco’s Grant Gray, a member of UCLA, has great patterns, great hands and tremendous versatility. He is also a top baseball player.

Long Beach Millikan transfers Warren Jordan Anderson and returnee Ryan Pellum, both juniors heavily recruited by colleges.

Calabasas’ junior Aaron Butler is a USC commit. Carlos Hernandez of Monrovia is involved with Washington State and is catching passports in large numbers. Long Beach Poly’s junior Jason Robinson is a USC commit.

The City Section has a strong trio of top receivers in Lincoln’s Jaden Rattay, Franklin’s Hector Ceballos and Birmingham’s Peyton Waters. Ceballos set a City Section record with 27 receptions in a single game.

Mission Viejo has one of the best receiving duos in Mikey Matthews and Jackson Holman. Bishop Amat’s Delano Franklin made 38 catches as a junior.

Golden Valley’s Ajani Smith and Oxnard’s Eli Aragon are poised for big seasons. Sierra Canyon’s Josiah Phillips did not play last season while he focused on basketball. He’s back and full of potential. Corona Centennial has senior Malachi Riley and sophomore sensation Cory Butler. Warren’s Jordan Ross will be a big game target.

Oaks Christian’s Chase Farrell has speed and good hands. Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Jack Ressler could be the top target for quarterback Elijah Brown.

Tight ends will also play a role, led by San Pedro’s Nick Fernandez and Santa Margarita’s Niko Lopez. Prep football: Top receivers want to earn respect in 2022

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