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High school football preview: The top 10 receivers

Six Big Ten recruits, including two each for Illinois and Northwestern, highlight the list of the area’s top 10 receivers. 

Simeon’s Malik Elzy (8) takes a big hit as he catches and hangs on to the ball.
Simeon’s Malik Elzy (8) takes a big hit as he catches and hangs on to the ball.
Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

Six Big Ten recruits, including two each for Illinois and Northwestern, highlight the list of the area’s top 10 receivers.

1. Kaleb Brown, St. Rita

The 5-11, 177-pound senior burst on the scene as a freshman promoted to the varsity for the 2018 Prep Bowl playoffs. His elite speed was on display the following spring when he won three state track medals (two individual, one relay). The four-star prospect, consensus No. 2 player in the state and No. 6 wide receiver in the country is committed to Ohio State.

2. Reggie Fleurima, Naperville Central

Like Brown, Fleurima is a four-star prospect. He’s No. 5 in the state’s senior class and No. 33 among wideouts nationally according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. The 6-2, 200-pounder is a Northwestern recruit.

3. Malik Elzy, Simeon

Even with a small body of work because of the pandemic disruption, Elzy is on track to be the next big-time recruit from the Public League. The 6-3, 198-pound junior is a consensus four-star prospect with 12 Power Five offers. Among them: Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

4. Jacob Bostick, Palatine

At 6-3, 170 pounds, the best player in the Mid-Suburban League creates matchup problems with his combination of length and speed. He’s the state’s No. 8 senior and is committed to Iowa.

5. Chris Petrucci, Maine South

The state’s premier senior tight end is one of three Northwestern recruits ranked among the state’s top 10 seniors. At 6-5, 210 pounds, he’ll be a favorite target for Hawks quarterback Rowan Keefe.

St. Rita’s Kaleb Brown (3) looks on during the game against Notre Dame.
St. Rita’s Kaleb Brown (3) looks on during the game against Notre Dame.
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6. Tysean Griffin, Morgan Park

Just two weeks after playing his first high school game as a freshman last spring, Griffin picked up his first scholarship offer. The list is up to seven for the 5-11, 165-pound sophomore, including Arkansas, Tennessee and Illinois.

7. Eian Pugh, Fenwick

At No. 13 in the class of 2022, the 6-4, 170-pounder is the highest-ranked, in-state recruit for first-year Illinois coach Bret Bielema. Expect him to put up big numbers this fall teaming up with Ball State-bound quarterback Kaden Cobb.

8. Henry Boyer, Brother Rice

With power forward size at 6-7, 250 pounds, Boyer will be a force on both sides of the line for the Crusaders at tight end and defensive end. He’ll play the former in college as another in-state recruit for Illinois.

9. Max Reese, Fenwick

Opposing defenses will have their hands full defending Pugh and Reese, the best wide receiver tandem in the area. Reese, a 6-3, 200-pounder, is one of the state’s top uncommitted seniors. His 11 offers include Arizona State and Kansas.

10. Jashawn Johnson, Hoffman Estates

A varsity starter since week six of his freshman season, Johnson is a playmaker at wide receiver and defensive back. He’s committed to Western Michigan to play offense.