Here’s a look at our top 10 wide receivers and tight ends to watch in the upcoming 2022 high school football season in West Texas:
1. Jacob English, San Angelo Center
6-3, 160, Seniors
An All-West Texas selection, English was the Bobcats’ leading receiver by long shot with 39 receptions for 710 yards (18.2-yard average) and seven touchdowns, including a school-best 97 yards. A regional qualifier in the high jump, he broke a school record at 6-foot-8.
2. Bo Morrow, County Irion
6-4, 180, Senior
Named to Texas Football’s Class 1A Preseason All-State Team as a wide receiver, Morrow caught 33 passes for 944 yards (28.6 average) and 21 touchdowns for the Division I Hornets. last year. Morrow was a first-team all-state wide receiver by the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association and an All-West Texas selection. At cornerback, he had 41 tackles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions. He was also an all-state basketball player who helped Irion County in the UIL State Tournament.
3. Davashtian Manley, San Angelo Lake View
6-2, 210, Seniors
The second-team All-District 3-4A Division I selection at wide receiver is a big target with enough muscle to pick up yards after catching. He should play a big role in the Chiefs’ passing offense this year.
4. Jaedyn Gipson, Central
6-0, 200, Seniors
Gipson earned an All-District 2-6A honorable mention at wide receiver last year for the Bobcats. He played in eight games and averaged 12 yards per catch.
5. Mason Walker, Garden City
6-3, 200, Seniors
Walker was an All-West Texas pick after earning second-team all-region recognition by the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association. The tight end caught 24 passes for 411 yards and nine touchdowns, and he rushed 41 times for 254 yards and three touchdowns. At cornerback, he had 54 tackles (40 solo), two fumbles caused, one fumble recovered for a TD and two interceptions. Walker is listed as a defensive end on the 2022 roster.
6. Tyler Johnson, San Saba
5-10, 160, Senior
Johnson was a first-team All-District 4-2A I picked wide receiver last year for the Armadillos. He caught 46 balls for 555 yards and four touchdowns and was not usually the Dillos’ first target. With graduation, Johnson will have more opportunities, who also plays in the defensive field.
7. Hunter Goodwin, Mason
6-1, 180, Seniors
Last year’s Newcomer of the Year in District 14-2A’s Division I, Goodwin plays tight end and defensive end for the Punchers. He had four carries for 88 yards and a TD, and five catches for 112 yards and a TD, while recording 28 solo tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery and a 24-yard punt return for a TD.
8. Carson Ellison, Miles
5-7, 150, Seniors
Ellison was an 8-2A Division II All-District second-team safety last year for the Bulldogs, but on the offensive end, he caught 34 passes for 489 yards and seven touchdowns. In the spring, he caught three TD passes in the 7-on-7 State Football Tournament Championship Game. The fast-footed Ellison was the offensive MVP for the 8-2A All-District Men’s Basketball Team. and an All-West Texas selection.
9. Nino Tambunga, Eldorado
5-10, 160, Senior
An experienced receiver like Tambunga, who earned first-team District 14-2A Division II honors, will help bring in a new head coach and quarterback. At cornerback, where he was a second-team pick in all districts, Tambunga had 27 solo tackles and three interceptions.
10. Isaiah Stanislawski, Menard
6-2, 180, Seniors
Stanislawski will be counted on to lead Menard’s transition from his traditional 11-man era into the unfamiliar world of six-man football. He earned second-team all-district honors last year on tight end while competing against the smallest roster of teammates in the 14-2A II Division.