Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: Ocean Lakes ready to repeat

Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: Ocean Lakes ready to repeat

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Way too early Super 25 teams to watch: Ocean Lakes ready to repeat

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Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach) may not be tested until the playoffs. (Photo: Facebook).

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach) may not be tested until the playoffs. (Photo: Facebook)

While the preseason Super 25 football rankings won’t come out for a few weeks, 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.) CentralChandler, ArizDeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), Allen, Texas; Cedar Hill, TexasWebb City, Mo.Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Centennial (Corona, Calif.)Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.), St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) and Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).

Team: Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.)

2014 finish: Went 15-0, winning the state 6A title and finished No. 10 in the Super 25 rankings.

Tradition: Last year was the Dolphins’ first state title. The school has been in existence since 1994. It finished as the state runner-up in 2012.

2015 schedule: Toughest regular-season game may be Oct. 24 at Bayside (Virginia Beach).

Top returnees (years listed are for next school year): Levonta Taylor, a Florida State commit, is considered the No. 1 cornerback in the country, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Sophomore quarterback Tyler DeSue is already getting big-time offers. Junior wide receiver Tahj Capehart and junior running back-defensive lineman Eric Crosby are also expected to be big-time performers.

Toughest to replace: RB Jaason Lewis, an Arizona State signee, rushed for 2,050 yards, including a school-record 267 yards and three touchdowns, in the state title game.

Top newcomers:  Running back Khalan Laborn, a transfer from Cox (Virginia Beach), ran for 497 yards and six touchdowns last season; Landstown (Virginia Beach) transfer Tahj Capehart is an elite junior receiver; and speedy freshman cornerback Tayvion “Tank” Land could play several positions.

Outlook: The Dolphins lost four players to BCS colleges and they won’t have their coach, Chris Scott, for the team’s first three games because he was suspended by the Virginia High School League for recruiting violations. That shouldn’t matter much as the Dolphins are unlikely to be tested until the playoffs. The team has some of the best players in the talent-rich Tidewater area.

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