USATODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings

2015 – 16 Week 1

Boys Football Rankings

Strength of Schedule
  • SOS: 51
  • POW: 51
  • OFF: 64
  • DEF: 42

De LaSalle

Concord, CA 14 - 0 - 0

Result: The Spartans have won five state Open Division Bowl titles in the past six seasons by running the veer offense to perfection. To make things easier, De La Salle returns 12 starters, led by the backfield of Andrew Hernandez and Antoine Custer, which ran for 3,700 yards and 54 touchdowns between them. QB Anthony Sweeney, hurt for much of last season, is back and he has elite TE Devin Asiasi to throw to. Senior Boss Tagaloa anchors a solid defensive line that includes three returnees. Juniors Tre White and Isaiah Randle will have to step up right away to bolster a young secondary. The Spartans will also look to find ways to get speedster Jonathan Harvey in the offense.

  • SOS: -2
  • POW: -2
  • OFF: 17
  • DEF: 3

Mater Dei

New Monmouth, NJ 2 - 0 - 0


  • SOS: 18
  • POW: 18
  • OFF: 36
  • DEF: 24

Rumson-Fair Haven

Rumson, NJ 2 - 0 - 0

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  • SOS: 47
  • POW: 47
  • OFF: 62
  • DEF: 27

IMG Academy

Bradenton, FL 9 - 1 - 0

Result: There will be Division I colleges that play this fall that don't have the talent that IMG has. The Ascenders have the No. 1 QB in the 2016 class in Shea Patterson, the No. 1 TE in Isaac Nauta the No. 1 DB in Savion Smith, the Nos. 3 and 11 DE in Shavar Manuel and Malik Barrow and the No. 4 LB in Rashaun Smith. All of those players, with the exception of Savion Smith, transferred to the school since last fall. The Ascenders also added highly respected coach Kevin Wright, who won five state titles in Indiana and will be tasked with the enviable job of molding the separate pieces into a cohesive unit.

  • SOS: 42
  • POW: 42
  • OFF: 54
  • DEF: 33

Miami Central

Miami, FL 14 - 1 - 0

Result: The Rockets are shooting for their fourth consecutive 6A title and have a really nasty defense, led by four seniors: LB Donavan Thompson, a Florida International commit; DE Eric Mitchell, who has committed to Florida; and two Florida State commits, DE Keir Thomas and DB Jamel Cook. On offense, WR Darnell Salomon, a transfer from Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah) and Coral Gables transfer RB Kenio Mike provide punch. Jerrod Thomas returns as the likely starting quarterback but Anthony

  • SOS: -3
  • POW: -3
  • OFF: 23
  • DEF: 2


Keyport, NJ 2 - 1 - 0

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  • SOS: 40
  • POW: 40
  • OFF: 66
  • DEF: 33

Bishop Gorman

Las Vegas, NV 15 - 0 - 0

Result: The Gaels won their sixth consecutive state title last season and were the Super 25 champions. They may not be taking any steps backward this year with an ALL-USA quarterback in junior QB Tate Martell (2,537 and 40 TDs passing, 433 yards and eight TDs rushgin), an elite junior receiver in Tyjon Lindsey (34 catches for 1,313 and 15 TDs) and a solid offensive line that includes two UNLV commits in Julio Garcia and Jaron Caldwell and Biaggio Ali-Walsh, the speedy grandson of Muhammad Ali, at running back. The defense includes junior DL Haskell Garrett and senior DL Michael Geraghty, DB Alex Perry, an Arizona State commit, and four-star junior DB Damuzhea Bolden. The Gaels must survive a schedule that begins with Super 25 team Chandler, Ariz., on Aug. 29.

  • SOS: 36
  • POW: 36
  • OFF: 52
  • DEF: 31

St Thomas Aquinas

Fort Lauderdale, FL 14 - 1 - 0

Result: The defending 7A state champions produce future NFL players year after year, but this team could really be special. The Raiders have two American Family Insurance ALL-USA players in DL Nick Bosa and WR Sam Bruce. There are also two highly-recruited juniors in QB Jake Allen, a Florida commit who transferred from Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale), where he threw for 751 yards and seven TDs, and WR Trevon Grimes, a Miami commit. Throw in several high-profile transfers, including junior DL Kedonis Haslem, the son of former Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem and WR Michael Irvin Jr., the son of the Hall of Fame receiver of the same name and former Dillard LB Tyler Dunning, who has committed to Miami, and Aquinas looks solid.

  • SOS: 50
  • POW: 50
  • OFF: 61
  • DEF: 30


Hyattsville, MD 9 - 3 - 0

Result: The two-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions have a roster loaded with Division I talent: OL Terrence Davis, an ALL-WCAC player who is 6-5 and 307 and being pursued by half of the ACC and SEC; DE Shane Simmons (68 tackles, 14 sacks), who has committed to Penn State; two four-star Maryland commits in WR Tino Ellis and DB-WR Darryl Turner; and junior RB Anthony McFarland (1,124 yards rushing and 312 yards receiving and 18 total TDs). The Stags also gained an elite transfer in former Phoebus DB Robbie Robinson, who has committed to Arizona State.

  • SOS: 54
  • POW: 54
  • OFF: 74
  • DEF: 29


Corona, CA 12 - 3 - 0

Result: The Huskies were capable of outscoring any team in the nation last year and while keeping that offensive explosiveness, could have an improved defense, particularly in the secondary. QB Anthony Catalano (2,009 passing yards with 21 TDs) returns, as does his primary receiver, four-star WR Javon McKinley (97 catches for 2,062 yards and 25 touchdowns) and RB J.J. Taylor (1,921 yards and 27 TDs), who has committed to Arizona. The offensive line, led by Cal commit Daniel Juarez, is solid. The secondary includes three senior returnees in Kentrell Love (Washington commit), Chacho Ulloa and Camryn Bynum (Cal commit). LB Tyrel Dodson, who has committed to Texas A&M, is another standout.

  • SOS: 44
  • POW: 44
  • OFF: 53
  • DEF: 19


De Soto, TX 10 - 2 - 0

Result: The Eagles have a new coach in Todd Peterman, but little else changes. Tristen Wallace, a senior QB and Ohio State commit, returns. He'll be able to throw to West Mesquite transfer Dee Anderson (46 catches, 748 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns), who has committed to LSU. Speedster RB La'Darren Brown, who has committed to Oklahoma State, is another key returnee. The offensive line features two Texas State commits: TE Brenden Rushing and OL Josiah Washington. The defensive backfield, led by Texas Tech commit Neiman Armstrong, is solid. The Eagles get a big early test when they host No. 2 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) on Sept. 5.

  • SOS: 38
  • POW: 38
  • OFF: 54
  • DEF: 24

Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill, TX 14 - 2 - 0

Result: The defending 6A-II state champion Longhorns have made it to the state championship game three consecutive years and have have enough talent to return. Junior quarterback Avery Davis is getting big-time offers and he has plenty of weapons to throw or hand off to: junior RB Kaegun Williams (a transfer from Stephenville); senior WR Josh Stewart; and junior WRs Camron Buckley and Charleston Rambo, a transfer from Wilson (Dallas). Senior DB Michael Clark, who recently switched his commitment from Kansas to SMU, senior LB Kolbi McGary and junior LB Dimitri Moore anchor the team's defense.

  • SOS: 50
  • POW: 50
  • OFF: 60
  • DEF: 34


Cincinnati, OH 8 - 4 - 0

Result: The Cardinals have plenty of talent returning, led by dual-threat senior QB Deshaunte Jones, who ran for 1,449 yards and 17 TDs and threw for 1,026 and 12 TDs. Junior Howard Watkins and senior Desmond Noel will provide plenty of protection for Jones up front. FB Monalo Caldwell, who ran for 787 yards and seven touchdowns, is also back. Junior LB Kyle Bolden, son of coach Tom Bolden, led the team with 106 tackles last season and is one of eight returning starters on defense. That includes three solid defensive backs (juniors Keontae Jones and Amir Riep and senior Darryll Gardner Jr.). The Cardinals open with Indiana 6A quarterfinalist Warren Central (Indianapolis) on Aug. 29.

  • SOS: 39
  • POW: 39
  • OFF: 59
  • DEF: 26


Allen, TX 16 - 0 - 0

Result: The three-time defending state champion Eagles lost the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Offensive Player of the Year, QB Kyler Murray, to Texas A&M, but have a lot of talent returning, including the No. 2 player in the country in OL Greg Little. The defense, led by senior DE Levi Onwuzurike, is particularly stacked, including Ole Miss recruit DB Jaylon Jones and Texas State commits LB Jakob Yandell and DB Anthony Taylor and junior DB Jaylen Ellis. Because the team's brand-new $10 million stadium was condemned last season, the Eagles get eight home games this season.

  • SOS: 34
  • POW: 34
  • OFF: 48
  • DEF: 27


Lawrenceville, GA 11 - 4 - 0

Result: The Tigers, saddled with early injuries, went 10-1 after a 0-3 start and finished as the state AAAAAA runner-up. This could be their year as they return 10 defensive starters. Safety Dylan Singleton, linebacker Quinn Miller and defensive tackle Kobe Smith, a Kentucky commit, are the top returnees. Plus, the Tigers got deeper with the addition of senior linebacker Donta Evans II, an Ole Miss commit who was an all-state player last season at Lake Marion, S.C. Things are less settled on the offensive side. Will Bearden, who was a backup last season, is the team's quarterback. He has an elite WR, Kyle Davis, to throw to, but only center Taylor Stein returns as a starter on the offensive line. Fortunately, Archer gained an elite offensive tackle when E.J. Price transferred in from Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville). Singleton and speedy junior Jamyest Williams provide punch in the backfield.

  • SOS: 53
  • POW: 53
  • OFF: 75
  • DEF: 31

St John Bosco

Bellflower, CA 12 - 2 - 0

Result: The Braves' defense, led by the senior secondary duo of Traveon Beck and D.J. Morgan, will be likely improved. Beck, a senior Cal commit, had 97 tackles and three interceptions last season. Morgan (112 tackles, two fumble recoveries) is getting looks from big-time programs as well. Offensively, senior RB Sean McGrew (1,814 yards and 28 TDs), a Washington commit, is a key player, along with WR Jared Harrell and OL Wyatt Davis. With Josh Rosen competing for the starting job at UCLA, senior Quentin Davis, gets his chance to show what he can do at quarterback. Sophomore Re-al Mitchell could also see time under center. Plays Sept. 11 vs. two-time defending Washington state 6A champion Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) in Hillsboro, Ore., and Sept. 26 vs. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) in the Centennial Classic in Ramsey, N.J.

  • SOS: 26
  • POW: 26
  • OFF: 46
  • DEF: 19


Cocoa, FL 11 - 2 - 0

Result: The Tigers have been in the state semifinals or state finals since they won three consecutive state titles from 2008-2010 and have enough talent to be very dangerous. Junior QB Bruce Judson, an Ohio State commit (1,840 yards, 28 TDs passing, 755 yards and nine TDs rushing) leads an offense that averaged 39.9 points and 400 yards a game last season. Look for sophomore DE-RB Howard Stewart, who has an offer from Miami, to make a big impact on both sides of the ball. OT Jawaan Taylor leads the offensive line. The only question mark is the team's young defense, led by CB-RB Chauncey Gardner, a Florida commit, and its schedule, which includes away games Oct. 2 at St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) and Oct. 16 at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

  • SOS: 51
  • POW: 51
  • OFF: 48
  • DEF: 26

Paramus Catholic

Paramus, NJ 9 - 2 - 0

Result: Begin with the consensus No. 1 player in the 2016 class in DT Rashan Gary and add DT Corey Bolds and LB Drew Singleton and you have the makings of a really good defense. A lot however, is riding on sophomore quarterback Allan Walters. He has plenty of weapons, including senior WR Donald Stewart, senior RB-DB Ahmad Thomas, sophomore running back Jon Clark, and sophomore TE-DE Henry Pearson. While former Chris Partridge is now the recruiting operations coordinator at Michigan, not much should change as defensive line coach John Westervelt, the Paladins' new head coach, is a Paramus alumnus who has been a senior-level assistant at the school for seven seasons.

  • SOS: 35
  • POW: 35
  • OFF: 64
  • DEF: 24

Colquitt County

Moultrie, GA 15 - 0 - 0

Result: The core of last season's AAAAAA state championship team is back,, with two notable absences: RB Sihiem King, the state's AAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year, is at Kentucky and his backup, RB Tykerious

  • SOS: 9
  • POW: 9
  • OFF: 48
  • DEF: 15

Ocean Lakes

Virginia Beach, VA 15 - 0 - 0

Result: The defending Class 6A champions have the top DB in the country in Levonta Taylor, who has committed to Florida State. Sophomore quarterback Tyler DeSue is getting big-time offers and his prime target will be junior wide receiver Tahj Capehart, a transfer from Landstown (Virginia Beach). DL-RB Eric Crosby is a punishing runner and RB-WR Khalan Laborn, a junior transfer from Cox (Virginia Beach) is getting big-time offers. Speedy freshman Tayvion “Tank” Land will be used in several ways.

  • SOS: 31
  • POW: 31
  • OFF: 59
  • DEF: 17


Pinson, AL 15 - 0 - 0

Result: The Cougars won the 6A title last season and have plenty of firepower on offense this season. Senior QB Ty Pigrome had 61 touchdowns (36 passing, 24 rushing, one receiving) last season and just picked up an offer by Missouri; junior WR Nico Collins is getting offers from ACC and SEC schools after 15 touchdown catches last season; senior WR T.J. Simmons is an Alabama commit who caught 43 passes for 965 yards and scored 20 all-purpose touchdowns last season. The Cougars open Aug. 22 at Tennessee 6A quarterfinalist Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and close at home with a very improved Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville) on Oct. 30.

  • SOS: 51
  • POW: 51
  • OFF: 58
  • DEF: 34

Saint Edward

Lakewood, OH 13 - 2 - 0

Result: The Eagles won the Division I state title but have a new coach with Tom Lombardo replacing Rich Finotti, who became the director of football operations at Michigan. Top returnees include Indiana commit RB Cole Gest (1,854 yards, 25 TDs), CB Tony Butler, TE-DE Mike O'Malley and OL Mike Tomshack. QB James Keefe, who was a backup last season, will have the benefit of an experienced offensive line to learn behind. The schedule is one of the toughest in the country, beginning with a game at Gilman (Baltimore) on Aug. 29 and including these toughs: Elder (Cincinnati); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); Cocoa, Fla., Mainland (Daytona Beach) and Moeller (Cincinnati).

  • SOS: 43
  • POW: 43
  • OFF: 55
  • DEF: 29


Chandler, AZ 14 - 0 - 0

Result: The Wolves, looking to return as Division I state champion, will rely on a highly-touted but largely untested quarterback in Oregon State commit Mason Moran. He has plenty of weapons, including WR N'keal Harry and RB Chase Lucas. The defense is led by LB K.T. Tilini, who had 85 tackles last season. The defense, already experienced, could be even better this year with the addition of two transfers: LB Hamilcar Rashed Jr. from Caesar Chavez (Laveen) and S Teauntae Nash from Salpointe Catholic (Tucson). Chandler gets an early test Aug. 29 at last year's Super 25 champion, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

  • SOS: 32
  • POW: 32
  • OFF: 49
  • DEF: 32

Webb City

Webb City, MO 15 - 0 - 0

Result: The Cardinals are shooting for their sixth consecutive state title. QB Tyson Roderique, the son of coach John Roderique, is a dual-threat with 17 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs. Missouri commit Trystan Castillo is Webb City's top returning offensive lineman and RBs Keaton Burroughs and Kaleb Potts rushed for a combined 1,359 yards and 28 TDs. All-State LB Kolesen Crane (81 tackles) anchors the team's defense. The Cardinals open with 5A quarterfinalist Carthage on Aug. 21 and 6A semifinalist Rockhurst (Kansas City) on Aug. 28.

  • SOS: 36
  • POW: 36
  • OFF: 64
  • DEF: 18


Manvel, TX 13 - 1 - 0

Result: The Mavericks reached the state 6A-II quarterfinals and have a ridiculous amount of talent returning. TCU commit D'Eriq King (97 career passing TDs, 40 career rushing TDs) is the starting quarterback, but his backup, Kyle Trask, recently committed to Florida. OL Austin Myers is 6-5 and 290 and a TCU commit, WR Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (28 catches for 569 yards and 10 TDS) has committed to Texas. RB-WR D'Vaughn Pennamon, who has committed to Ole Miss, had 13 touchdowns last season.

  • SOS: 36
  • POW: 36
  • OFF: 49
  • DEF: 28

South Panola

Batesville, MS 15 - 0 - 0

Result: The Tigers won the 6A title and will be even better on defense. The big question is who will fill the shoes of senior QB Tyler Pogue, who injured his knee in spring drills? Top players include Southern Miss commit DB-WR Demetrius Market, DE Dre Porter (68 tackles) and WRs Cole Rotenberry and Donald Twilley.

  • SOS: 52
  • POW: 52
  • OFF: 65
  • DEF: 26

Bishop Amat

La Puente, CA 9 - 4 - 0

Result: The Lancers have plenty of offense, including two elite receiver-defensive backs in USC commit Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns. RB Torreahno Sweet (851 yards) is also back. Ryder Ruiz and Damian Garcia give the team two capable quarterbacks. The big question is the team's defense. It will be tested early as Bishop Amat opens with Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and Servite (Anaheim).

  • SOS: 34
  • POW: 34
  • OFF: 46
  • DEF: 35


Pembroke Pines, FL 13 - 1 - 0

Result: The Falcons are clearly on the rise after a Class 7A state semifinal finish last season. The team's defense is anchored by the coach's son, linebacker Devin Bush Jr., an all-state player, and a secondary that includes Michigan commits Devin Gil and Josh Mettelus. Flanagan has a big game Nov. 6 at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale).