Prom, graduation and the conclusion of spring sports all mean one thing: It's nearly football season.
Even more than in previous years, traditional power states for high school football like California, Florida and Texas will be well-represented in the preseason national rankings, as will emerging power Georgia.
With high school football kicking off in just more than two months, here's a look at some of the nation's top teams.
Be sure to check back throughout June to see in-depth previews of each Top 25 team.No. 25 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) - Team preview / Preseason photo galleryStrengths:
The confluence of immaculate facilities, top-notch coaching and a population boom in the Las Vegas area have turned Bishop Gorman into a year-in, year-out powerhouse. In 2013, the program's depth will be tested, as it graduated four-year starter Anu Solomon and dismissed prized running back Nathan Starks. Randall Cunnigham Jr.
was one of the best backups in the country last year. He's a physical specimen with obvious pedigree. With Nick Gates
, Zack Singer
and Alize Jones
, the offensive line will be especially strong. Jones is part of a 2015 group that looks very talented.Question marks:
Not only did the team lose Starks unexpectedly, but the team also lost senior Isaiah Nacua, a BYU commit who moved to Utah for his senior season. Those are two big holes to fill. Luckily, talent runs deep for the Gaels, who will likely turn to senior Daniel Stewart
, who rushed for 500 yards and four touchdowns last season. Even without Nacua, the defensive line should be solid. However, the linebackers will be largely untested outside of Kenyan Coker
. Another rigorous schedule will also test this team.Outlook:
This program is built for yearly success and has the foundation to accomplish it. The 2013 Gaels are talented and have great potential, but are unproven in several areas. Cunningham will be fine behind center and line play will be strong. If a playmaker or two emerges on offense, an undefeated season is not out of the question.