Our preview of the 2023 campaign continues later this week as we start looking at the top 10 by position, starting with quarterbacks on July 12.
Alabama — Thompson (Alabaster)
Four-time defending 7A state champs have gone 50-5 since 2019.
The 2022 MaxPreps Alaska Player of the Year Jack Nash
is back after leading the Knights to the Division 1 title.
Won the school's first state title last season winning the Open Division and are the only team from the Grand Canyon State in the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 at No. 18.
Quad Sanders takes over as head coach after spending the previous five seasons as the defensive coordinator. The five-time defending 7A state champs are 61-3 since 2018.
This Monarchs squad is as talented as the 2017 and 2021 teams that went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.
Four-time defending Class 5A state champs have gone 47-4 since 2019.
Defending 3A state champs have to replace some key players but bring back all-state linebacker Cole Moyer
and all-state defensive lineman Brandon West
Ascenders squad as talented as the team in 2020 that went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Wolves were already loaded before the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2024 Dylan Raiola
transferred from Arizona.
Back-to-back Open Division state champs have not lost to an in-state opponent since 2019.
Defending 5A state champs return all-state quarterback Luke Flowers
Three-time defending Class 6 state champs have gone 40-2 since 2020.
The Broncos won their first state title in school history last season going 15-0, outscoring the opposition 612-70.
J.T. Curtis led the Patriots to the Division 1 select state title in 2022 and enters this season with 615 career wins. He's six away from breaking John McKissick's all-time mark of 620 wins.
Defending Class C state champs are coming off an undefeated season and return all-state quarterback Noah Carpenter
The back-to-back Division 2 state champs have won 26 games in a row heading into 2023.
Only team from Michigan ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 has won back-to-back Division 1 state titles and has Bryce Underwood
, the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2025.
Last year's Class 5A state runner-up returns a lot of talent led by 2024 Minnesota commit Jalen Smith
and starting quarterback Bart McAninch
Defending 6A state champs will have one of the best quarterback/wide receivers duos with Trey Petty
and Braylon Burnside
Back-to-back Class 6 state champs have not lost a game against an in-state opponent since 2020.
Back-to-back Class B state champs have gone 23-2 over last two years.
Las Vegas power begins 2023 season as the No. 2 team in MaxPreps Top 25.
The Pythons begin the season riding a 31-game win streak and won the Division II state title in 2022 after back-to-back Division III championships in 2020 and 2021.
Crusaders are the only team from New Jersey in the MaxPreps Top 25 at No. 24.
Three-time defending 6A state champs have to replace some key players on offense but will still be loaded with talent led by all-state linebacker Stratton Shufelt
Went undefeated against in-state opponents last season and have the second-rated player in the Empire State in recent Rutgers commit Korey Duff Jr.
Back-to-back NCISAA Division 1 state champs return a lot of talent led by 2024 Michigan commit Jadyn Davis
and top-rated prospect in the Class of 2025 David Sanders Jr.
Back-to-back Division 1 state champs begin the season at No. 16 in MaxPreps Top 25.
Five-time defending state champs are 61-2 since 2018.
The Hawks go for their eighth state title since 2013 and begin the season at No. 11 in MaxPreps Top 25.
Tom Knotts has led Silver Foxes to 154-23-1 record and seven state titles during his first 12 years as head coach.
Last year's 11AAA state champs are coming off a 12-0 season and bring back plenty of talent led by 2024 Wisconsin commit Thomas Heiberger
Kevin Mawae takes over as head coach and the No. 19 team in the MaxPreps Top 25 begins the season riding a 21-game win streak.
Defending 6A Division 1 state champs are loaded with talent, led by five-star edge rusher Colin Simmons
and five-star wide receiver Dakorien Moore
Last year's 6A state runner-up is 74-6 and won three state titles since Eric Kjar was hired as head coach before the 2017 season.
Defending Division 1 state champs return the 2022 MaxPreps Vermont Player of the Year Jackson Sumner
Loren Johnson has led the Springers to five state titles since 2015 and the defending Class 5 state champs are coming off a 15-0 season.
Won the school's first football state title in 2022 and return key players led by last year's MaxPreps Washington Player of the Year Brayden Platt
Have won six state titles since 2013 including the Division 1 championship last season.
The Braves won their 13th state title in school history last season.