Video: Early Contenders presented by Shock Doctor
We set the tone for 2018 by looking at high school football's elite.
Head coach: John Lambourne
Last season: 13-1, No. 19 national ranking, beat East 27-14 in inaugural 6A Utah state championship.
Last decade: 122-17
Famous alumni/players: Harvey Langi, New England Patriots LB; Starlite Lotulelei, Buffalo Bills DT; Fred Roberts, former NBA player.
Star power (According to 247Sports):
5-star recruits — 0; 4-star recruits — 1; 3-star recruits — 4
RB Braedon Wissler (5-7, 170, Sr.)
The underrated back led the Miners in rushing in 2017 averaging nearly 10 yards per carry. LB Lolani Langi (6-2, 195, Sr.)
— One of the highest rated players from Utah has already landed a handful of Pac-12 offers. DT Simote Pepa (6-2, 295, Sr.)
— One of the country's best players in the trenches. LB Junior Tafuna (6-3, 220, Sr.)
— Tafuna, Pepa and Langi will help form one of the best defenses in the nation. S Jared Greenfield (5-11, 170, Jr.)
— The 4-star safety transferred from Crenshaw (Los Angeles) and enters the 2018 season as the top rated player in Utah from the Class of 2020.
KEY GAMESAug. 16
— at OremAug. 24
at East (Salt Lake City)Sept. 8
vs. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix) *Part of the 2018 Polynesian Football Classic at Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) Sept. 28
— at Lone Peak (Highland)Oct. 12
vs. American Fork
• Bingham has been one of the best high school football programs in the country for quite some time. The Miners have won nine state titles since 2006 and are 39-4 since Lambourne took over before the 2015 season. He was a long-time assistant under coaching icon Dave Peck and has kept things rolling in South Jordan.
• The Miners will depend on a strong rushing attack and a great defense in 2018. Wissler had a monster junior season and expect an even better senior season for the underrated running back. Bingham has had some big-time defenses over the last decade but don't be surprised if 2018's is the best yet.
• Bingham has won at least 10 games in every season but one since 2005. Expect that trend to continue in 2018.