Last month, we released our preseason high school football rankings
and now it's time to zone in on the best players in high school football. Florida leads the way with 15 players selected followed by California and Texas with nine each.
In total, 19 different states are represented along with the District of Columbia that compile the 64 player list.
All players are entering their senior season.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) begins the year ranked at No. 1 and accordingly leads the way with five selections.
Top 10 teams No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 4 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), No. 5 North Shore (Houston), No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and No. 7 St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) were among the schools with multiple players featured.
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Led the Mustangs to consecutive 6A Division 1 state championships and has compiled nearly 8,000 yards of total offense and 103 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
The top-rated quarterback in the country has been a big-time playmaker in one of the toughest conferences since his freshman season.
The 2021 Ohio State commit has been selected on the Sophomore and Junior All-American teams in each of the past two seasons and looks to lead the Philadelphia power to its third straight 6A state title.
Racked up over 3,000 all purpose yards and 53 touchdowns for the defending Class 3 state champs. The 2021 Ohio State commit checks in as the No. 1 running back in the country and was last season's Virginia Gatorade Football Player of the Year.
Named the North Carolina Gatorade Football Player of the Year after rushing for over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns for the 3AA state champs. The 2021 Clemson commit also had 34 receptions for 582 yards and eight more scores.
The 2021 Miami commit rushed for nearly 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading the Lions to their third consecutive 3A state championship.
Averaged more than 24 yards per reception as a junior and had over 1,000 yards receiving to go with 14 touchdowns for the No. 1 team in the country.
Helped lead the Hawks to their second straight 6A state title despite having key players out with injuries. McCord and Harrison will be among the top quarterback/wide receiver combos in 2020.
Missed the majority of his junior season but expect the 2021 Texas A&M commit to have a monster senior campaign. As a sophomore he had 60 receptions for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The 4-star accounted for nearly 1,500 all purpose yards and 18 touchdowns in 2019.
Lined up against the best competition every single week and dominated the opposition. The 2021 Penn State commit helped lead the Falcons to their first WCAC title since 2012 last season.
The 2021 Alabama commit is the leader for one of the best offensive lines in high school football.
Checks in as the top-rated player in Georgia and the No. 6 overall player on 247Sports composite rankings.
Currently the top-rated offensive tackle and player from Texas in the Class of 2021.
Has been selected to the Sophomore and Junior All-American first teams in each of the past two seasons and is the top-rated player in Utah.
Named the MaxPreps Junior of the Year
last season after racking up over 2,200 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns to go with a team-high eight interceptions.
Put up video game numbers as a junior at Bishop's (La Jolla, Calif.). The 2021 Notre Dame commit accounted for 6,084 yards of total offense (4,474 passing, 1,610 rushing) and 81 touchdowns (53 passing, 28, rushing).
The 2021 Miami commit connected on 12-of-15 field goals for the three-time defending state champs and also averaged better than 40 yards per punt.
Rated as the No. 1 player in the country, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
dominated on both sides of the ball for the back-to-back 3A state champs. The 5-star defensive lineman has also landed some offers to play basketball at the next level.
The 2021 Ohio State commit racked up 16.5 sacks and accounted for 15 touchdowns while playing quarterback as a junior.
One of the toughest players to block in the country also checks in as the top-rated player in Louisiana.
The 2021 LSU commit is one of the most well-rounded defensive players in the country.
One of the most physical linebackers in the game like his father, Jeremiah Trotter.
The 2021 Tennessee commit flies around on defense and is top-rated outside linebacker in the country.
Recently committed to Alabama and was named to the Junior All-American team last season after racking up 16 sacks for American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). He transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior year and expect him to have a monster season, especially with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor coaching him on defense.
DB — James Williams, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) | 6-5 | 215
Checks in as the top-rated player in Florida and returned to American Heritage to finish his high school career after playing his junior season at Western (Davie, Fla.).
The recent Oregon commit has been lining up against the best talent since his sophomore year.
The 2021 Ohio State commit helped lead the Spartans to their first state title since 2005 last season.
The 2021 Florida commit is one of the best shutdown corners in the country.
The future Longhorn plays at a high level in all three phases of the game.
The first of two Michigan commits selected is one of the best at pinning opponent's inside their own 20-yard line.
Second Team Offense
Threw for over 6,300 yards and 71 touchdowns during his last two seasons at Nazareth Academy (La Grange, Ill.). The 5-star quarterback will finish his career with the Ascenders.
Became the second player in state history to account for over 5,000 yards of total offense last season while leading the Flyers to their ninth state title.
On pace to shatter the state record for career passing yards. The 2021 Washington commit needs 1,303 more yards to break Brett Rypien's record. He has thrown for 11,741 yards and 132 touchdowns through his first three years.
QB — Miller Moss, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | 6-2 | 195
The 2021 USC commit threw for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns during his junior season at Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.).
Miami Central has had some big-time running backs come through its program and Daniels is up next.
Had to sit out his junior season because of transfer rules but expect the 2021 Oregon commit to have a monster senior campaign.
The 2021 USC commit transferred to Katy in March and should be a big-time playmaker for the Lone Star State power.
The 2021 Auburn commit was on track for a huge junior season an injury derailed his year. He had 485 yards and 10 touchdowns in three games and expect those same kind of numbers in 2020.
McCarthy is going to have a load of weapons but the recent Booker T. Washington (Miami) target should be his favorite. The 2021 Alabama commit checks in as the No. 2 wide receiver in the country and helped lead the Tornadoes to their first state title since 2015 last season.
Was Macon's favorite target in 2019, hauling in 74 receptions for 1,584 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The recent Oregon commit is one of the most dynamic players in the country and checks in as the No. 3 wide receiver in the Class of 2021.
Led the Patriots to their first state title last season.
One of six Oregon commits, he checks in as the No. 2 recruit in Arizona.
Ohio State is represented well on the preseason All-American team and Jackson is one of seven selections.
The 2021 Miami commit paved the way for one of the best running games in the country as a junior and is a major reason why the Rockets begin the year ranked at No. 21.
The 4-star offensive lineman is one of five players selected from the Evergreen State.
The 5-star lineman checks in as the No. 3 offensive tackle in the Class of 2021 on 247Sports composite rankings.
One of the best two-way players in the country. He has 123 receptions for 2,112 yards and 13 touchdowns to go with 11 interceptions over the last two seasons.
The 2021 USC commit showed his versatility as a junior hauling in 83 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns to go with 55 tackles and four interceptions. He also rushed for seven scores.
Racked up 16 sacks and 24 tackles for loss in 2019 for the inaugural Open Division state champs.
DL — Tyreak Sapp, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) | 6-2.5 | 255
The 2021 Florida commit helped lead the Raiders to their first state title since 2016 and will have them in position to repeat in 2020.
Checks in as the No. 1 recruit in the state and will be the next big-time defensive line prospect to come from New Jersey.
The 2021 Ohio State commit is one of the most dominant players in the trenches and will be a key piece for the Ascenders.
Missed his junior season with a torn ACL but expect him to bounce back and be the leader for one of the top defenses in high school football.
The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the country and the 2021 Tennessee commit is a major reason why.
The 2021 LSU commit helped lead the Hawks to a 4A Division 2 state title racking up over 100 tackles and 16 sacks.
Played a major role in bringing home the school's first state championship last season.
DB — Xavian Sorey, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-3 | 215
Recently transferred to IMG to finish his high school career and is one of five Ascenders featured.
Big-time playmaker on both sides of the ball and checks in as the No. 2 cornerback in the Class of 2021.
The 4-star safety had a team-high nine interceptions and helped lead the Bulls to their third consecutive state title.
The top-rated cornerback in Florida announced his Final 3 back in April and it features Alabama, Clemson, and Florida.
Joins Bowman as one of two players featured from the Raiders and the 2021 Texas commit dominates on both sides of the ball.