The high school football Class of 2022 is loaded with marquee talent from all over the country. Texas leads the way with 13 selections on the preseason MaxPreps Junior All-American team. Georgia (10), California (8), and Florida (7) were the only other states with at least five players featured.
In total, 21 different states were represented and 10 had multiple selections.
St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) has the most players from one school with four.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) both had the second most with three selections while Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Duncanville (Texas), Katy (Texas), Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) all had two players featured.
PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN WEEK COVERAGE
• Wednesday: Sophomore All-Americans
First Team Offense
The MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year accounted for over 4,500 yards of total offense and 54 touchdowns for the Dragons.
Led the Vikings to the 7A state title game as a sophomore as they begin the season ranked at No. 12.
The Freshman Player of the Year in 2018 was a Sophomore All-American first team selection last season.
Put up big-time numbers over the last two years at Edison (Stockton, Calif.) and expect a monster junior campaign in his first season with the Monarchs.
Led the Ascenders in rushing as a sophomore and should have a huge season in 2020 running behind one of the best offensive lines in the country.
Rushed for over 2,000 yards and accounted for 46 total touchdowns in 2019.
Checks in as the top-rated player in California for the Class of 2022 and is one of the main reasons why the Friars begin ranked at No. 23.
Had 76 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Was the Monarchs third leading receiver with nearly 700 yards in 2019 and expect an even bigger role this season for one of the top programs in the country.
The nation's top-rated tight end from the Class of 2022 is a matchup nightmare.
Played a huge role for the defending national champs as a sophomore.
OL — Tyler Booker, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-4 | 290
Checks in as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the Class of 2022.
One of the most dominant offensive linemen in the country.
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) the last two seasons and will be a huge addition for last year's 8A state champs.
The top-rated offensive guard in the Class of 2022 is the No. 2 player overall from Texas.
Has accounted for nearly 2,500 total yards and 39 touchdowns over the last two seasons for the back-to-back 6A-II state champs.
The top-rated cornerback had seven interceptions to go with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in 2019.
Connected on 15-of-17 field goals as a sophomore.
First Team Defense
Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
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The No. 1 rated player in the Class of 2022 racked up 15 sacks in 2019.
The former Ocoee (Fla.) standout is one of the most dominant defensive players in the game.
DL — Nate Burrell, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) | 6-2 | 250
Was a key contributor for the No. 1 team in the nation last season and expect an even bigger year in 2020.
The Tigers begin the year at No. 11 and Sylla will be one of their most impactful players this season.
Checks in as the No. 1 weak-side defensive end and top-recruit overall from Pennsylvania in the Class of 2022.
Helped lead the Warriors to their first state title since 1982 last season. The 2022 Alabama commit racked up 119 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Checks in as the top-rated linebacker in the Class of 2022.
The Vegas power has produced some big-time players and Moss is next in line.
Racked up 74 tackles and 12 tackles for loss for the 7A state champs last season and should have an even bigger role in 2020.
The top-rated cornerback from California will give the Monarchs one of the best secondaries in the nation.
Already has over 30 FBS offers and was a key piece for the Mustangs winning their second consecutive 6A Division 1 state title in 2019.
Recently transferred to the No. 1 team in our initial Top 25 and is one of nine players in the Top 247 rankings for the Class of 2022 suiting up for the Ascenders.
One of the top shutdown cornerbacks in the country helped lead the Philadelphia power to its second consecutive 6A state title last season.
The top-rated defensive back in Florida is a shutdown cornerback and is also a big-time playmaker at wide receiver.
The former Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) standout helped lead the Panthers to the 7A semifinals last season and will make an immediate impact for the No. 9 team in our preseason Top 25.
Checks in as the No. 1 punter and No. 4 kicker for the Class of 2022 by Kohl's. Was a first team 3A all-state selection as a sophomore last season by the Associated Press.
Second Team Offense
Noah Fifita, Servite
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One of the top quarterbacks in the country will be the next big-time gunslinger from the Peach State.
Split time under center last season as a sophomore and expect a huge junior campaign as he takes over as the full time starter.
QB — Noah Fifita, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) | 5-10 | 170
Threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns playing against the best competition in Southern California as a sophomore.
Became the first player in school history to eclipse the 1,500 yard mark on the ground since Christian McCaffrey in 2013.
Already landed over 30 FBS offers and will be the next big-time running back from Texas.
RB — Gi'Bran Payne, La Salle (Cincinnati) | 5-11 | 190
Helped lead the Lancers to the Division 2 state title last season and expect a monster year for the 4-star running back.
Accounted for nearly 2,500 total yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore.
The third-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2022 had 45 receptions for 855 yards and 15 touchdowns in seven games last season.
Racked up more than 1,700 total yards and 24 touchdowns for the 7A runners-up in 2019.
Played a key role for one of the best programs as a sophomore and expect an even bigger junior season for the No. 4 team in our preseason Top 25.
Led the four-time defending state champs in receiving as a sophomore and will be one of Mikey Keene's favorite targets again in 2020.
The top-rated offensive lineman from Alabama in the Class of 2022 is one of the most dominate players in the country.
Played a key role for the Non-Public Group 4 champs and will be an impact player once again in 2020.
The No. 8 team in our preseason Top 25 will have one of the top offensive lines and Early will be a key factor.
Should bounce back in a big way after missing his sophomore season with an injury.
The top-rated offensive lineman in Georgia is one of the best players in the country.
Has been an impact player since his freshman season and gets it done on all three phases.
Second Team Defense
Omari Abor, Duncanville
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One of the top defensive lineman in the country is also a standout basketball player.
Made a huge impact as a sophomore for one of the top defenses in high school football.
The top-rated player from North Carolina in the Class of 2022 racked up 104 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and forced five fumbles in 2019.
Finished his sophomore campaign with 151 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
Was a big-time playmaker for DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) last season and will be a huge addition for the Panthers.
LB — Ty Kana, Katy (Texas) | 6-2 | 210
The leader on defense as a sophomore and will have the Tigers in contention to win their first state title since 2015.
The Rockets begin the year ranked at No. 21 and the 4-star linebacker is a key piece of a very talented defense.
Racked up 129 tackles, 39 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in 2019.
The 2022 LSU commit led the back-to-back 5A Division 2 state champs in tackles with 122 last season. He also had three interceptions.
DB — Zion Branch, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) | 6-2.5 | 190
Joins Moss as selections for the Gaels. He finished his sophomore season with five interceptions.
The recent Georgia commit is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the country.
Missed his sophomore season with an injury but will bounce back in a big way in 2020 and have Bergen Catholic in position to win its first Non-Public Group 4 championship since 2017.
DB — Khamauri Rogers, Holmes County Central (Lexington, Miss.) | 6-1 | 165
The 2022 LSU commit can lock up any wide receiver in the country and also makes an impact on offense.
The talented defensive back is also a big-time playmaker at quarterback and one of three LSU commits selected.
The top-rated prospect from Kansas will be one of the top players of all-time to come from The Sunflower State.