Boys Football Natl Rankings
No. 1Bishop Gorman High SchoolLas Vegas, NV13-2-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Gaels are the five-time defending state champions and play three other teams in our preseason Super 25 rankings. They are loaded with Division I talent, led by UCLA commit Alize Jones, considered the No. 1 TE in the country and WR Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg. Danny Hong got plenty of reps at QB last season and RB Russell Booze (886 yards, 15 TDs). The defense is anchored by a secondary that includes safety Nicco Fertitta, who has said he will sign with Notre Dame and highly recruited cornerback Jabari Butler. The offensive line is anchored by Ethan Palelei and OT/DT Jackson Perry.
No. 2St John Bosco HSBellflower, CA16-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Braves, who won the CIF Open Bowl Championship to end a four-year run of state championships by De La Salle (Concord), return one of the mostly highly rated QBs in the country in UCLA commit Josh Rosen (3,200 passing yards and 39 TDs) and junior RB Sean McGrew, who runs the 100 meters in 10.7 and ran for 2,076 yards. The big question is the teams defense, which returns only one starter. Their schedule includes two state champions in Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) and Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), plus the usual difficult Trinity League competition.
No. 3St Thomas Aquinas High SchoolFort Lauderdale, FL10-3-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Raiders, who made it to the state 7A semifinals last season, were already loaded before they got three transfers from University (Fort Lauderdale). The trio includes Miami commits Jordan Scarlett, who ran for 932 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns last season and wide receiver Sam Bruce, who caught 54 passes for 836 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for University, plus defensive tackle Brandon Boyce, who has said he plans to sign with Duke.
No. 4Allen High SchoolAllen, TX16-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0With their stadium temporarily condemned, the two-time defending 5A state champion Eagles wont have a true home game, but they have a 27-game winning streak and return ALL-USA QB Kyler Murray (3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns passing and 1,274 yards and 10 TDs rushing). The Eagles also have a solid offensive line, led by junior Greg Little, the son of former South Carolina LB Derrick Little and senior Bobby Evans, who has committed to Oklahoma. WR Jalen Guyton (42 catches for 1,029 yards and 13 TDs), who has committed to Notre Dame, gives Murray a nice target to throw to. An unproven defense is the biggest concern.
No. 5Centreville High SchoolClifton, VA15-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Wildcats have 16 returning starters off the state 6A state championship team. Led by Vanderbilt recruit Justin Skule, Centervilles offensive line will provide plenty of blocking for All-State TB A.J. Turner, who has committed to South Carolina and FB Taylor Boose, who has committed to Cincinnati. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) provides Centreville with a good test the first game of the season.
No. 6Cedar Hill High SchoolCedar Hill, TX13-2-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0Linebacker Richard Moore, who led the team with 171 tackles, may have to carry a young defense, but the teams offense, led by WR DaMarkus Lodge (72 catches for 1,255 yards and 25 touchdowns) and QB Justin McMillan (2.367 yards and 29 TDs) and RB AcaCedric Ware (1,239 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns), has eight returnees and scored 36 points per game last season.
No. 7Hoover HSBirmingham, AL15-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The two-time defending 6A state champion Bucs already have three players who have committed to SEC schools. WR Justin Johnson is headed to Mississippi State, DE Christian Bell (eight sacks) has said he will sign with Alabama and LB Darrell Williams (61 tackles, 13 for loss) has committed to Auburn. RB Bradrick Shaw (1,286 yards and 25 TDs) will also likely land in the SEC. Junior LB Jeremiah Moon already has SEC schools knocking as well.
No. 8Miami Central High SchoolMiami, FL14-1-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0A dozen players signed national letters-of-intent from the states 6A champion, including two of the best running backs in the country in Dalvin Cook and Joe Yearby, but the Rockets will still give opposing offenses headaches. DBs Calvin Brewton (a FSU commit) and Olin Cushion (committed to Florida International) make Central hard to throw on and with LB Marquis Couch (a Marshall commit) and a defensive line that includes Shawn Simeon, Fermin Silva, Tamerick Simpson, Keivonis Davis and Northwestern (Miami) transfer Kier Thomas, it will be hard to run on the Rockets. WR DaVante Phillips, who has committed for FSU, is the top returning offensive standout.
No. 9Mallard CreekCharlotte, NC16-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Mavericks, with only seven starters back, have to replace a lot of talent, but they return QB James Smith, (the MVP of their state 4-AA championship win) and the core of a solid defense, led by DEs Josh Brown and Randy Suydam and DBs Amari Henderson and Nafees Lyon.
No. 10St Peters PrepJersey City, NJ10-2-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0Senior QB Brandon Wimbush, who has said he plans to sign with Penn State, leads a strong returning group for the Non-Public Group 4 runners-up. He has plenty of talent to throw to, including senior WR/CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has committed to Alabama, senior WR Dennis James and junior WR KJ Gray. LB Jordan Fox, DB Dwon Walker and DT David Tolentino lead a defense that allowed only 15.8 points a game last season.
No. 11Booker T Washington HSMiami, FL14-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0Last seasons 4A state champion (and Super 25 champ) gained a couple of big transfers from Homestead (QB Maurice Alexander, CB Davante Davis, and WR Antonio Callaway). RB Mark Walton, who ran for 832 yards and 14 TDs last season as a sophomore, and senior LB James King are two of the top returnees. Led by Alexander, the Tornadoes won the NFLs National 7 on 7 Tournament last week.
No. 12St Edward High SchoolLakewood, OH11-2-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Eagles reached the state Division I semifinal and return 13 starters, including QB Brett Kean (2,810 yards and 32 TDs passing and 11 TDs rushing), who has said he will sign with South Florida. Other key returnees include: speedy DB/RB Shaun Crawford (82 tackles, 10 TDs on offense), who committed to Notre Dame; twins RB Andrew Dowell (ran for 968 yards and 13 TDs and WR David Dowell (26 catches for 483 yards and seven TDs), who have said they will sign with Northwestern; WR Alex Stump, who has committed to Kentucky; All-Ohio LB, Troy Dipre, who had 106 tackles and has said he will sign with Kent State; LB Troy Henderson; WR Tony Butler and RB Cole Guest.
No. 13Jenks High SchoolJenks, OK14-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The 7A state champions lost some key players but return QB Cooper Nunley (completed 128 of 215 passes for 2,074 yards with 26 TDs) and three seniors on the offensive line: Greg Reilly; Cameron Cremin; and Sheldon Barnes. Tyler Thomas could play some on the offensive line as well, but hes a bigger factor as defensive tackle. Dillon Stoner and Austin Quillen return in the defensive backfield.
No. 14Warren Easton Fundamental HighNew Orleans, LA10-4-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0QB Deshawn Capers-Smith has plenty of talent to throw to, including WR Tyron Johnson (87 catches for 1,433 yards and 13 touchdowns), possibly the top receiver in the country. Teams that key in on Johnson will have to worry about senior Darrell Clark, junior Clyde LeFlore and WR/DB Dedrick Shy. The defense is solid with DB Jeremie Francis, a Tulane commit, and LB Arthur McGinnis and LB Kendal Franklin, an Arizona commit. The Eagles won the National Select 7 on 7 championship in Hoover, Ala., last week.
No. 15Mc Eachern High SchoolPowder Springs, GA11-3-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Indians reached the state semifinals and return plenty of talent, particularly on offense. Senior RB Taj Griffin (996 yards and eight TDs rushing) has committed to Oregon and is a big-play returner who has a 45.8-inch vertical leap and 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash. Leading the blocking for Griffin will be OT Chuma Edoga, who has committed to Southern Cal. Sophomore QB Bailey Hockman steps in as the starter, andas the coachs son, knows the offense well and led the team to three playoff wins. Hockmans top target is likely to be speedy senior WR T.J. Rahming, who has committed to Duke. Defensively, with junior DTs Julian Rochester and Andrew Tarver leading the way, the Indians have plenty of talent but not much experience.
No. 16Archbishop Rummel SchoolBoysMetairie, LA10-3-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The two-time defending state champion has a dominant offensive and defensive line. Some of the top returnees are DT Tyrell Jacobs, who has committed to Oklahoma, senior DT Briston Guidry and three talented juniors: Kristian Fulton, a consensus national top five CB who also plays RB; QB Chase Fourcade; and DB-RB Israel Tucker. The Raiders will face defending 5A champion Acadiana and St. Augustine (New Orleans).
No. 17Katy High SchoolKaty, TX15-1-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Tigers have won six state titles since 1997 and just missed last season, falling in the 5A Division II state finals to Cedar Hill. Katy has one of the top running backs in the state in senior Rodney Anderson (1,967 yards and 34 TDs rushing and five TDs receiving). Anderson, who has committed to Oklahoma, is joined in the backfield by junior Kyle Porter (1,877, 23 TDs). Junior QB Garrett Doiron (completed 62 of 102 passes for 969 yards and seven TDs) is another key player on offense, along with OL Luke Spies. Key players on defense include senior DT Derek Brown, who has committed to Louisiana Tech and junior CB Collin Wilder (80 tackles, 35 assists and 14 tackles for loss and five interceptions), who has committed to Texas Tech.
No. 18Mater Dei High SchoolSanta Ana, CA10-3-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Monarchs fell in the Pac 5 Division championship to eventual state Open Division Bowl champ St. John Bosco and return plenty of BCS-level talent. QB Jack Lowary has played well in passing leagues this summer and has several good targets in TE Kyle Penniston (a Wisconsin commit), junior WR Andre Collins, Jr., and WR/LB Ben Humphreys. Key returnees on defense include Humphreys, a Washington State commit, DE/FB Malik McMorris, who had 10 sacks last season, DE Rasheed Williams and OL/DL Olive Sagapolu.
No. 19Servite High SchoolAnaheim, CA6-6-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Friars return 13 starters, including Oregon commit QB Travis Waller and speedy WR Equanimeous St. Brown. Clayton Johnson leads a dominant offensive line and the defensive backfield is solid with Kameron Dennis and Maurice Davison. Servite will be tested early with two state champions (St. John Bosco and Bishop Gorman) and a state runner-up in De La Salle (Concord) in the first two months of the schedule.
No. 20Apopka High SchoolApopka, FL14-2-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Blue Darters adopted the single wing last season and the offense caught fire, making it to the state 8A championship. While the offensive line was decimated by graduation, the one returning starter there, senior Martez Ivey, is considered the top OT in the country. Apopka has plenty of firepower with Auburn commit Chandler Cox, who could play three positions (QB, RB, TE), RB J.J. Simmons and CB/RB Ray Ray Smith.
No. 21Mountain Pointe HSPhoenix, AZ14-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The reigning Div. I state champion returns speedy RB Paul Lucas and RB Brandyn Leonard and gained a solid RB in transfer Tyrek Cross. QB Garvin Alston passed the team to the Arizona State 7-on-7 championship this summer. Last season, the Pride limited opponents to seven touchdowns. This season, the offense will lead the show.
No. 22Ben Davis High SchoolIndianapolis, IN8-3-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Giants will play in a new classification, 6A this season. They return plenty of talent, including two-year QB starter Kyle Castner, who threw for 1,782 yards and 18 TDs. Junior RB Chris Evans (530 yards rushing, 440 yards receiving) and senior RB Dorian Tate (422 yards and five TDs) also return. On defense, LB Asmar Bilal has more than 20 scholarship offers and Cincinnati commit Norman Oglesby anchors the defensive line.
No. 23Bingham High SchoolSouth Jordan, UT14-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The reigning 5A state champion has an abundance of talent at QB with senior Kyle Gearig (1,876 passing yards with 28 TD passes, 730 yards rushing with 13 TDs) and backup Kahi Neves, who is already getting offers. The Miners should be solid again on defense, with six defensive starters returning.
No. 24Buford High SchoolBuford, GA15-0-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0The Wolves, who have won state titles in six of the past seven seasons, including the 2013 AAA state title, move up to AAAA, but that shouldnt be a problem with their talent. They have 10 players with Division I offers, led by OLs Nick Polino, Blake Ferguson and Quay Picou, who have committed to North Carolina, Louisiana State and Tennessee, respectively, and will pave the way for talented RB Joshua Thomas. On defense, LB Austin Smith, a Tennessee commit and LB Konnor Houston are key performers, along with WR/DB David Curry, who has committed to Virginia. The Team will be tested early with games against Florida AAA champion Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) and McEachern (Powder Springs).
No. 25Gonzaga College HSWashington, DC6-5-0SOS: 0POW: 0OFF: 0DEF: 0
New coach Randy Trivers comes into a good situation with plenty of returning talent at key positions. QB Nick Johnson, who threw for 963 yards and five TDs last season in just six games, has committed to Virginia. RB Reggie Corbin (1,103 yards rushing) has said he will sign with Illinois and WR Jabari Greenwood is headed to Kentucky. The offensive line is anchored by Alabama commit Richie Petitbon. The defensive backfield includes Florida commit Marcus Lewis and Samuel Morrison, who has committed to Arizona.
The Next 25:
26. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (14-1)27. Oscar C. Smith, Chesapeake, Va. (14-1)28. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (7-4)29. Eden Prairie, Minn. (12-0)30. Bellevue, Wash. (14-0)31. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (10-2)32. Bentonville, Ark. (11-2)33. Warren Central, Indianapolis (11-3)34. Maryville, Tenn. (15-0)35. Oak Grove, Hattiesburg, Miss. (14-1)36. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (11-3)37. Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (14-0)38. DeSoto, Texas (14-1)39. St. Josephs Prep, Philadelphia (13-3)40. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill. (12-2)41. West, Lees Summit, Mo. (13-1)42. East St. Louis, Ill. (9-4)43. Mount Carmel, Chicago (13-1)44. Central, Naperville, Ill. (11-3)45. Moeller, Cincinnati (14-1)46. Salpointe Catholic, Tucson, Ariz. (14-0)47. Cass Tech, Detroit (12-1)48. Central Catholic, Portland, Ore. (14-0)49. Aquinas Institute, Rochester, N.Y. (13-0)50. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (5-6)***Records listed are from the 2013 football season