Corpus Christi High school football: Five must-see receivers for 2021
The Caller-Times sports department continues its summer series looking at the best high school teams and players across the Corpus Christi-area heading into the 2021 high school football season.
Over the next several weeks we will highlight some players to watch in various positions starting with five receivers to watch.
Here are the players listed in no particular order.
LONNIE ADKISM, JR., MILLER
After a breakout sophomore campaign on the Bucs’ roll to the regional final, Adkism opened eyes around the state. Seen as one of the best players in Texas from the Class of 2023, Adkism had one of the most productive seasons in Texas high school football history with 86 receptions for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns. Adkism was the overall Newcomer of the Year in South Texas.
KYLE CASTANEDA, SR., ODEM
Castaneda is one the best all-around players on a team full of them. The playmaker surpassed 600 yards receiving with seven touchdowns and added 150 yards and a touchdown on the ground helping the Owls recapture the district championship, playing on both sides of the ball.
CAMERON DE LA PENA, SR., VETERANS MEMORIAL
De La Pena exhibited the ability to score from anywhere on the field, routinely turning a short-to-medium pass into a long touchdown. De La Pena was one of the catalysts in the Eagles’ record season, helping Veterans Memorial become the first CCISD team to advance to the state semifinals since 1963. De La Pena finished with 1,217 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving in 14 games.
JORDAN KELLEY, SR., REFUGIO
Kelley is a player that could make this list at several positions. A true jack-of-all-trades, Kelley returns in 2021 to help the No. 1-ranked Bobcats make a charge at another state championship. As a junior Kelley finished with 23 catches for 721 yards and added 35 carries for 553 yards, rarely playing four quarters and is also a dynamic playmaker on defense as Refugio marched to the regional final, falling to eventual state champion Shiner.
RYAN SALAS, SR., ALICE
Salas returns as the Coyotes most experienced playmaker, and is someone who can affect the game in numerous ways. Salas had 508 yards receiving with six touchdowns and added a pair of interceptions as one of Alice’s best defensive players. As they break in new skill position athletes on offense, the Coyotes will find ways to get the ball in Salas’ hands.
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