While his national image is hurt a bit by playing for the Houston Cougars in the AAC, there is no denying the phenomenal talent of Deontay Greenberry. The junior wide receiver has delivered on the tremendous hype that surrounded him during his recruitment back in 2012 and has developed into a premier playmaker in college football. This season, Greenberry will try and take his place among the nation’s best pass-catchers and break out as one of college football’s elite receivers.
After spurning the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to sign with Houston as a consensus national top-50 recruit, Greenberry wasted little time showing what he could do with the Cougars. As a true freshman, he finished third on the team with 47 catches for 569 yards and three touchdowns, flashing the potential playmaking ability to be a star. Last season, he delivered on that potential, leading the Cougars with 82 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns.
That total made Greenberry the most prolific pass-catcher in the AAC last season as he was the only receiver to average at least 100 yards receiving per game. He ranked No. 15 in the entire nation in receiving last year and will be one of the top five returning pass catchers in 2014 with 11 of the players who finished ahead of him in 2013 moving on this offseason. That puts Greenberry in line for some much-deserved attention this fall.
And he has the tools to make the most of that spotlight. He has excellent size, good speed, and strong hands to make every catch and run every route. Even more importantly, he’s learned how to use his size and speed to his advantage against defenders to maximize his effectiveness in the passing game. He can beat a defense over the top or out-muscle a corner in the redzone.
In short, Greenberry is the complete package and should emerge as one of the nation’s best in 2014.