SEC freshman wide receiver class: Ready to take the field

Here are some of the freshman from one of the best high school wide receiving classes ever that are ready to take the field in the SEC in 2024.
Auburn Tigers wide receiver Cam Coleman (8) during practice at Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, Ala., on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.
Auburn Tigers wide receiver Cam Coleman (8) during practice at Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, Ala., on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. / Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK

The incoming high school wide receiver recruiting class for 2024 in the SEC is paralleled by very few, and may in fact be the best ever.

While experienced receivers like Elijah Badger to Florida and CJ Daniels to LSU entered via the transfer portal and are expected to make impacts, the freshman class this year is extremely strong and worth shouting out.

The class includes three five-star receivers which is only the fifth time according to On3 since 2004 with is only happening twice since 2015. Names that were part of other elite wide receiver high school classes you may remember are Luther Burden, Calvin Ridley and Russell Shepard.

Who are the five star wide receivers coming into the SEC in 2024?

Cam Coleman (Auburn)

Coleman has been stealing the show on the Plains since spring ball after enrolling early. The six foot three and a half inch wideout from Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama is no stranger to competition coming from one of the top high school programs in the state of Alabama.

On3 ranks Coleman as the second highest receiver in the 2024 class and number four prospect nationally.

Watch for him to get immediate playing time as the Tigers are thinner at receiver, but thicker with Coleman in town who looks to be WR1 entering the season. He will be complimented nicely by fellow freshman four star wideout Perry Thompson who also projects to be in the mix early.

Ryan Williams (Alabama)

Despite re-classifying to the 2024 class, Williams still ranks as a five star wideout. The six foot one inch wideout, out of 6A state power Saraland in Alabama did not participate in spring practice due to still being in high school, but is participating in seven on seven drills and looks to be stealing the show according to LockedOn Bama co-hosts Luke Robinson and Jimmy Stein.

On3 ranks Williams right behind Coleman as the number three wide receiver and number five overall prospect nationally. Despite a loaded wide receiver room in Tuscaloosa with the likes of Jermie Bernard, Kendrick Law and Kobe Prentice, Williams projects to be in the mix right away for the Crimson Tide and new head coach Kalen DeBoer this fall.

Mike Matthews (Tennessee)

Tennessee returns wide receivers Squirrel White and Bru McCoy from last years 9-4 squad under head coach Josh Heupel. Despite this, look for Matthews to get immediate playing time as he comes in highly touted and has looked the part so far in spring practice.

Matthews ranked as the sixth best receiver in 2024 class and 26th best prospect nationally out of Lilburn, Georgia.

This could be a connection for years to come between redshirt freshman starting quarterback Nico Iamaleava and Matthews and Iamaleava enters his first season as the starting quarterback for the Vols.

Ryan Wingo (Texas)

As the Longhorns and head coach Steve Sarkisian are new to the SEC in 2024, this one may not have been talked about as much, but should be. Wingo ranks as the number eight receiver in the 2024 class and 36th best prospect overall.

The Longhorns pulled Wingo out of the St. Louis, Missouri area which is a hot bed of college football talent and in the backyard of the up and coming Missouri Tigers.

With the exit on Longhorn wide receivers Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington, look for Wingo to seek immediate playing time alongside Alabama transfer Isaiah Bond.

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