IMG Academy begins the season ranked No. 1.
We've released our Preseason Top 25
and now it's time to dig even deeper into high school football, taking a look at the 100 best teams in the country.
The four major states — Texas, California, Florida and Georgia — represent over half the field with 54 teams selected.
Seventeen come from the Lone Star State followed by the Golden State (15), Sunshine State (14) and Peach State (8).
Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington
and Washington D.C. all have multiple schools featured.
In total, 24 different states are represented, along with the District of Columbia.
a lot can still change from now until when the season starts with the
uncertainty surrounding high school football because of the COVID-19
pandemic. We've already seen several high-profile games canceled
over travel concerns.
On top of that, there's a good chance we see more transfers over the next month if some states or counties do not play in the fall.
1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Ascender's are loaded at every position and recently added 2021 Michigan commit J.J. McCarthy
at quarterback. They have seven players rated in the Top 300 overall in the Class of 2021 and eight from the Class of 2022.
Rollinson has led the Southern California power to two state titles
over the last three years and the Monarchs have finished ranked Nos. 1 or 2 in the
country during that span.
Panthers have gone 34-1 over the last three seasons and are loaded once
again. More than 20 players have received at least
one Power 5 offer.
Dematrius Davis Jr.
became the first quarterback since Kyler Murray
to win back-to-back state titles in the Lone Star State's largest classification. He will have them in position to three-peat in 2020 — just as Murray did from 2012-14 for Allen.
Carter led the Rams to an 11-2 season in his first year as head coach
and will have them in position to win their first state title since
Wolves won their fourth consecutive state championship last season and are currently riding a 26-game winning streak.
Joseph has the Texas power in the hunt every season. The Tigers have
won at least 10 games every year since he took over as head coach in
2004 and are 213-21 during his tenure.
finishing as the runners-up in Georgia's largest classification last
season expect them to be in contention again with
4-star Jacurri Brown
back under center.
Steeples has turned the Spartans into a powerhouse program and led them to
an undefeated season and their first state title since 2005 last
with question marks surrounding the coaching staff, the
three-time defending state champs have one of the most talented rosters
in the game.
The SoCal power hopes this is the year they can get over the Mater Dei and St. John Bosco hurdle and with Bryce Young
and Uiagalelei both in college now this could be the Huskies best chance.
The Dragons have had some great quarterbacks come through its program and the reigning Sophomore Player of the Year Quinn Ewers
could end up being the best of all of them.
enter the season winners of 28 consecutive North Coast Section titles
and have represented Northern California every year since the CIF bowl
games started in 2006.
Won their first WCAC championship since 2012 last season and return a good core led by 2021 Penn State commit Landon Tengwall
Washington Catholic Athletic Conference is one of the toughest leagues
in the nation and the Cadets have won the regular season crown three
Bill McGregor returned as head coach last season and will have the Stags in the mix again to compete for the WCAC title.
Beatty led the Louisville power to its 14th state title during his
tenure last season and the 26th in school history.
Troy Thomas has the Friars competing at a high level with one of the most dynamic duos in the country with Noah Fifita
under center and Tetairoa McMillan
at wide receiver.
One of the top programs in Texas the last two years. The Sharks have
gone 31-1 during that span and won the 5A Division 1 state title last
Ran the table last season and won its first state championship since 2016. Tyler Macon
is back at quarterback and he accounted for 5,050 yards of total
offense (4,245 passing, 805 rushing) and 57 total touchdowns (39
passing, 17 rushing) as a junior.
Winners of 26 consecutive games and back-to-back state titles, they're the lone Utah team ranked in the Top 100.
Won a fourth consecutive 5A state title last season and have gone 55-1-1 over the last four years.
fourth and final WCAC team in the Top 100 has the top-rated quarterback in the country in 5-star Caleb Williams
Eagles have won at least 10 games every season since 2006. Terry
Gambill enters his fifth season as head coach and he has led the
Texas power to a 55-3 record in his tenure.
last year at No. 19 after going 13-0 and winning
the Division 1 state title. Starting quarterback Kyle Wickersham
is back and expect a huge season from 3-star running back Logan Diggs
the New Jersey power to bounce back in a big way after going 5-4 in
2019. They have the state's top-rated player in 4-star defensive
tackle Tywone Malone
and 4-star cornerback Jaeden Gould
returns after missing his sophomore season with an injury. Steve Angeli
is another name to keep tabs on, too.
The Crusaders enter the season winners of four consecutive state titles, going 44-2 during that span. Ron Lee takes over as head coach but the
legendary Cal Lee will still be on the staff as the defensive
an 11-2 record last season, they return a lot of key players and added
some big-time transfers that include 2021 Notre Dame commit Tyler Buchner
, 2021 UCLA commit DJ Justice
and 3-star wide receiver Clay Petry
They finished last season as the state's No. 2 team and will be Chandler's biggest threat in the Open Division in 2020.
A state semifinalist every year since 2016, they finished as
the runner-ups in 5A Division 1 last season. Loaded with some of the
best players in Texas led by a couple of 2021 Longhorn commits in Billy Bowman
and Ja'Tavion Sanders
Dan Marangi takes over as head coach and should have them in the mix to win a second state title in three years.
12-2 last season and both losses were by one point to Mentor. Tom
Lombardo will have the Eagles in position to win their fifth state
championship since 2010.
Todd Dodge led the Chaparrals to their first state title since 1996 when Drew Brees was under center. Jaden Greathouse
, Cade Klubnik
and Zane Minors
will have Westlake in position repeat as 6A Division 2 champs.
The team Austin Westlake beat in the state championship game falls one spot under them. 2021 Texas A&M commit Eli Stowers
is back under center and will be a huge contributor for first year head
coach Rodney Webb who comes over from Rockwall (Texas).
three-time defending 3A state champs will be the favorites to four-peat
with a very talented roster coming back led by 4-star running back Thad Franklin
. The 2021 Miami commit rushed for over 2,200 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2019.
Niblett has led the Alabama power to an 148-23 record during his
12-year head coaching career at Hoover and has won six state titles
last season 12-1 and its only loss came against Archbishop Rummel (Metairie) in the Division 1 championship. They've made the
state title game three years in a row and won it all in 2017.
Made the state semifinals for the first time since 2004 last year and return a lot of talent led by 2021 Tennessee commit Cody Brown
Have won at least 10 games every year since 2009 and 2021 Stanford commit Ari Patu
and 2021 California commit Kaleb Higgins
will have Bulldogs in position to extend that streak to 12 consecutive seasons. Sophomore Rico Flores Jr.
is another name to keep tabs on.
Expect the Hawks to be in the mix again for the 7A state title after a 12-2 record and semifinal appearance in 2019.
Bishop Gorman's (Las Vegas) streak of 10 consecutive state titles,
beating them in the semifinals and followed that with a 50-7 win over
Centennial (Las Vegas) in the 4A championship. They return a lot of key
players led by 2021 Oregon commit Moliki Matavao
, Germie Bernard
and recent San Diego State commit Zyrus Fiaseu
61. North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)
off setting the UIL 11-man record winning its ninth state title. While they have to replace some big-time players, 2021 LSU commit JoJo Earle
and 2022 LSU commit Bryan Allen Jr.
give them a good opportunity to capture crown No. 10.
Won its first state title last season and return some key pieces led by 2021 North Carolina commit Power Echols
and starting quarterback Austin Grier
home its fourth state title since 2014 last season beating Massillon
Washington 34-17 in the Division 2 championship. A couple of Ohio State commits Devonta Smith
and Jaylen Johnson
give them one of the top secondaries in the country.
head coach Bill Castle has led the Dreadnaughts to a 38-2 record over
the last three seasons with a 7A state title in 2018.
Tinsley takes over as head coach and inherits a talented
Mavericks squad in position to win their first state title since 2015.
only team from Arkansas in the Top 100 has won back-to-back 7A state
titles and 18 consecutive games heading into the season.
The most winning program in state history has finished the last two seasons
as the Division 2 runner-up and will be back in the mix in 2020 to win
Won the CIF Division 1-AA state championship last season and while some key players graduated 4-star wide receiver Xavier Worthy
and 3-star linebacker Jekob Jones
are back. D.J. Stevenson
also transferred from Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) to take over at quarterback.
close to snapping Dutch Fork's (Irmo) 38-game winning streak against
in-state opponents but lost 34-31 in overtime in the 5A championship
game. They will be one of the biggest threats to the Silver Foxes
winning a fifth straight state title.
close to winning the 8A state title but lost 21-20 against Columbus
(Miami) after giving up 14 unanswered points in the final five minutes. Jaquan Lowman
will have them in contention again this season.
They will be one of the best and most exciting teams to watch in the Lone Star State with 2021 Texas commit Jalen Milroe
87. Cedar Hill (Texas)