During the 2020 NFL Draft, national high school football power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
became the first prep program since 2014 to have four players selected. The Ascenders could potentially double that in 2021, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.
All but Newsome played together during the 2016 season when the Ascenders went 11-0 and had notable wins over Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.). They finished the year ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Campbell, Surtain and Wilson gave the Patriots the best secondary in the country during the 2016 season and led Heritage to a 14-0 record, Class 5A state title and a spot at No. 10 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.
The following season, Campbell, Schwartz and Surtain led American Heritage to its second consecutive 5A state championship and a spot at No. 4 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after going 14-0.
All four played together during the 2016 season when Aquinas went 13-2 and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the 7A state title.
Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas)
has three players slated to be taken led by Jaylen Waddle
— slotted to go sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Walker Little
and Marvin Wilson
are expected to also hear their names called. Little and Wilson were part of the Class of 2017 while Waddle was a year behind them and they went 9-2 during the 2016 season.
Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.)
, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)
, Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.)
, Parkway (Bossier City, La.)
, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
and Westlake (Austin, Texas)
are all projected to have two selections in Wilson's 2021 mock draft.