Video: Early Contenders presented by Shock DoctorWe set the tone for 2018 by looking at high school football's elite.
Last season: 12-3, beat Pittsburg 28-21 in the CIF Division 1-A state championship game.
Last decade: 112-30-1
Famous alumni/players: Nnamdi Asomugha, All-Pro cornerback and husband of actress Kerry Washington; Dashon Goldson, Pro Bowl safety; Amir Johnson, NBA forward; Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino and actress Bo Derek attended but did not graduate from Narbonne.
OT Jonah Tauanu'u (6-5.5, 315, Sr.) Star power (According to 247Sports):
5-star recruits — 0; 4-star recruits — 5; 3-star recruits — 8
— The 4-star offensive tackle showed why he's one of the best lineman in the country at The Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas, earlier this summer. CB Brandon Jones (5-10, 165, Jr.)
Adding Jones, one of the best defensive backs from the Class of 2020, was a huge addition for Narbonne's defense. QB Jake Garcia (6-2, 185, So.)
The talented quarterback from the Class of 2021 has been picking up major Division I offers. Don't expect that trend to slow down. RB JoJuan Collins (6-0, 205, Jr.)
— The 4-star standout is one of the best running backs from the Class of 2020.
CB Mykael Wright (5-11, 180, Sr.)
The 4-star cornerback just transferred over from Valencia high school and the 2019 Oregon commit is one of the best defensive backs in the country.
KEY GAMESAug. 17 —
at No. 12 St. Louis (Honolulu)Aug. 24 —
at Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)Sept. 7 —
vs. No. 17 Centennial (Corona)
Sept. 14 —
at Serra (Gardena)
• Narbonne enters 2018 as one of the most talented teams in California. Coach Douglas has done a great job during his tenure with the Gauchos, leading them to seven City Section championships in the past 10 seasons and two CIF state titles. They will have a good shot this season at their third since 2015.
• Keep an eye on sophomore signal-caller Garcia, one of the most talented QBs in the country. He has a bunch of weapons and the Gauchos also have other legit quarterbacks, so they're all going to push each other to be better.
• Narbonne's schedule is tough, starting with an early season trip to Hawaii to face off against No. 12 St. Louis.