2019 Super 25 Preseason High School Football Rankings released... Who's No. 1?

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2019 Super 25 Preseason High School Football Rankings released... Who's No. 1?

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2019 Super 25 Preseason High School Football Rankings released... Who's No. 1?

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22. Lakeland

Lakeland (Fla.) head football coach Bill Castle (Photo: Gary Cutrell)

Location: Lakeland, Fla.
18-19 Record: 15-0
Final Super 25 Rank: 23

Lakeland finished with an undefeated season last year and knocked off St. Thomas Aquinas in the state title game. This year, the Dreadnaughts will again rely heavily on running back Demarkcus Bowman, a Clemson commit who rushed for 2,422 yards and 36 touchdowns and runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash.

Fenley Graham, a cornerback who is committed to Florida, is back for the Dreadnaughts playing on both sides of the ball and returning kicks. Across from him at cornerback is Kendall Dennis, a four-star player. The secondary will also be boosted with safety Quadir Hall, who had 73 tackles and 13 tackles for loss last season. One offense, Auburn commit Chayil Garnett will be under center and will likely find a consistent target in speedy four-star wide receiver Arian Smith, who clocked a 10.3-second  time in the 100 meters this spring.

Up front on defense, there may be some trouble adjusting to life without the 2019 class. All of its leading sackers – AJ Thomas Jr. (17 sacks), Lloyd Summerall (11.5), Latrell Jean (11) Tre Huntley (5.5) ad Jaharie Martin (5.5) are gone. The leading tacklers , including Martin (120 tackles, 27.5 TFLs), Khalil Crawford (112, 29), Jason Hampton (94, 13.5), Summerall (83, 27) and Jean (55, 33.5) will also need to be replaced.

There’s talent all around in the players who remain. But if Lakeland truly relied on its pressure at the line of scrimmage, there might be some growing pains as the new crop gets adjusted.

SCHEDULE:

8/16 Osceola
8/23 at Manatee
9/6 at George Jenkins
9/13 at Plant City
9/20 Hialeah
9/27 Strawberry Crest
10/4 Centennial
10/11 at Durant
10/18 at Bloomingdale
10/25 Kathleen

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