Video: Preseason Top 25 high school football rankings
Bryce Young and Mater Dei begin the 2019 season as the No. 1 team in the country.
high school football season is less than a month away and we are setting the tone by identifying the nation's elite programs with the release of our preseason Top 25.
The rankings culminate our month-long preview of the 2019 season. See below for previous installments.
The last three national champions (see list below) are all featured in Top 25. The states of California and Florida combined to put 10 teams in the rankings while Texas had three.
of the 25 teams who finished last year ranked begin the 2019 season in
familiar territory. Twelve of the 25 won state championships in 2018.
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2008 – St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2009 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2010 – De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2011 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2012 – John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)
2013 – Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)
2014 – Allen (Texas)
2015 – Katy (Texas)
2016 – Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
2017 – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 – North Shore (Houston)
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Head coach: Bruce Rollinson
2018: 13-2, No. 2 national ranking, beat De La Salle 35-21 in CIF Open Division championship.
Head coach: Henry Russell
2018: 10-0, No. 6 national ranking. Panthers outscored opposition 477-32, enter 2019 riding a 23-game winning streak.
Head coach: Jason Negro
2018: 13-1, No. 3 national ranking. Lost 17-13 to Mater Dei in CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship.
Head coach: Jon Kay
2018: 16-0, No. 1 national ranking. Beat Duncanville 41-36 on a Hail Mary in 6A-Division 1 state championship.
Head coach: Joe Casamento
2018: 9-1, No. 13 national ranking. Lost 24-14 to Gonzaga in the WCAC semifinals.
Head coach: Kevin Wright
2018: 7-1, No. 5 national ranking. Only loss came on the road 28-24 against Mater Dei.
Head coach: Reginald Samples
2018: 14-1, No. 4 national ranking. Lost to North Shore in 6A-Division 1 championship.
Head coach: Tim Roken
2018: 13-0, No. 11 national ranking. Beat Harrisburg 40-20 in 6A championship.
Head coach: Roland Smith
2018: 11-3, No. 20 national ranking. Lost to Northwestern 19-15 in 6A quarterfinals.
Head coach: Roger Harriott
2018: 13-2. Lost to Lakeland 33-20 in 7A state championship.
Head coach: Cal Lee
2018: 12-0, No. 7 national ranking. Beat Mililani 38-17 in Division 1 Open championship.
Head coach: Matt Logan
2018: 12-1, No. 14 national ranking. Lost 48-14 to Mater Dei in CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.
Head coach: Dominic Daste
2018: 13-1. Beat O'Dea 31-13 in 3A championship.
Head coach: Randy Trivers
2018: 9-3, No. 23 national ranking. Beat DeMatha 46-43 in WCAC championship.
Head coach: Tim Tyrrell
2018: 15-0, No. 16 national ranking. Beat Massillon Washington 42-28 in Division II championship.
Head coach: Bill Castle
2018: 16-0, No. 18 national ranking. Beat St. Thomas Aquinas in 7A championship.
Head coach: Kenny Sanchez
2018: 11-3. Beat Bishop Manogue 69-26 in 4A championship.
Head coach: Justin Alumbaugh
2018: 12-1, No. 9 national ranking. Lost to Mater Dei in CIF Open Division championship.
Head coach: Benedict Hyppolite
2018: 9-3, No. 12 national ranking. Lost to Miami Central 30-21 in second round of 6A playoffs.
Head coach: Terry Gambill
2018: 14-1, No. 8 national ranking. Lost to Duncanville 44-35 in 6A-Division 1 semifinals.
Head coach: Bill McGregor
2018: 8-3. Lost to Gonzaga in WCAC championship.
Head coach: Augie Hoffmann
2018: 10-2. Beat Bergen Catholic 13-10 in Non-Public Group IV championship.
Head coach: Tom Knotts2018:
13-0. Beat T.L. Hanna 59-20 in 5A championship.
Head coach: Richard Morgan2018:
5-6. Lost 28-26 to East Coweta in 7A playoffs.
Head coach: Paul Doherty
2018: 14-1. Beat Cathedral Catholic 21-14 in CIF Division 1-AA state championship.