While the preseason Super 25 football rankings won’t come out until late July, this is one of a series on teams that could contend in the Super 25 high school football rankings next season. We previously looked at De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), South Panola (Batesville, Miss.), Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.), Miami (Fla.) Central, Chandler, Ariz, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).
Team: Allen, Texas
2014 finish: The Eagles went 16-0, won the state 6A-I title and finished as the No. 4 team in the Super 25 football rankings.
Tradition: The Eagles have won four state titles since 2008 and three consecutive state titles.
Spring football: April 28-May 21, ending with the team’s spring game.
2015 schedule highlights: Aug. 28 vs. Guyer (Denton); Sept. 4 vs. Viera (Melbourne, Fla.).
Top returnees (years listed are for next school year): Senior OL Greg Little, who has committed to Texas A&M; senior four-star DB Jaylon Jones; senior four-star DE Levi Onwuzurike; senior WR Kerry Hall, who had three touchdown catches in the state championship game; and senior RB David Feliciano, who ran for 879 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Top newcomers: Senior QB Seth Green, a four-star Oregon commit who transferred from East Ridge (Woodbury, Minn.), and junior WR Tevyn Stevenson, who transferred from Navarre, Fla.
Toughest to replace: QB Kyler Murray, who was the ALL-USA Offensive Player of the Year and will play this fall at Texas A&M.
Outlook: Since February of 2014, the Eagles have been road warriors for every practice and game because their new $60 million stadium had been deemed unsafe. This season, assuming repairs to the stadium’s structure go as planned, the Eagles will play their first five games of the season at home and eight of their 10 regular season games at home. While Murray was synonymous with the Eagles’ 43-game winning streak, Allen is one of the largest schools in the state and there’s plenty of talent there.
“Having our stadium again is going to be a big plus,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “We’re really excited about being able to just walk out to the field and practice. We’ve had to get on a bus every day for practice since last February.”
The Eagles lost Murray and offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener, who left to take the head coaching job at Brandeis (San Antonio), so there are questions on offense. Not so much on defense, which is anchored by Onwuzurike and Jones.
“Really, the strength for us is defensively,” Westerberg said. “We only started one senior on defense in the state championship game. All those guys are coming back. Right now, they are probably ahead of our offense.”
On offense, a solid line led by Little will give Green plenty of protection and open holes for Feliciano or any other running back.