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Nevada Preps pass catchers countdown — No. 4

Faith Lutheran’s Peyton Thornton comes in at No. 4 on our list of Southern Nevada’s top five pass catchers.

To create the list, we spoke with coaches from the Mountain and Desert Regions. A couple of the base questions were: “Who is the top high school pass catcher today?” and “Who would you pick to start a team?”

Then we grabbed the statistics from last season, looked at the player’s collective rankings on recruiting websites and used our own judgment to fill holes.

Stay tuned for the rest of our pass catchers and defensive player lists that will be unveiled each week until the end of July.

Nevada Preps Pass Catchers Rank: Faith Lutheran’s Peyton Thornton No. 4

Class

2020

Vitals

6 feet, 3 inches; 200 pounds

Honors

All-Northwest League Second Team (2017)

Recruiting

N/A

Last Year’s Stats

Thornton had 47 catches for 607 yards and seven touchdowns last season. The yards and touchdowns were the second most on the Crusaders, who had one of the most prolific passing offenses in Southern Nevada. He averaged 12.9 yards per reception.

What they are saying

— “He just had a real productive year. He’s really long,” one Mountain Region coach said. “He’s not a blazer, but the dude has gorilla hands. He catches everything.”

Nevada Preps Pass Catchers Rank: Foothill’s Braeden Wilson No. 5

Class

2019

Vitals

6 feet, 3 inches; 200 pounds

Honors

All-Southeast League First Team (2017)

Recruiting

N/A

Last Year’s Stats

Wilson led the Falcons with 43 catches for 587 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 13.7 yards per reception, and his seven touchdowns were the second most on the team among all position players.

What they are saying

— “Those guys are getting faster and stronger,” one Desert Region coach said of Wilson, and the rest of Foothill’s receivers.

— “Braeden Wilson was (Foothill’s) top receiver,” another Desert Region coach said.

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